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Transfer Gossip: Bolton Wanderers face competition for Australian midfielder

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Australia's captain could soon be a Wanderer

Chile v Australia: Group B - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images

According to The Sun, Bolton Wanderers are leading the race to sign Australian midfielder, Mark Milligan. Milligan, 31, captained the Socceroos at the Confederation Cup.

The article states:

"BOLTON boss Phil Parkinson is winning the race for Australia’s captain and midfield general Mark Milligan.

Parkinson hopes to talk free agent Milligan into joining him as he flew in for talks after playing at the Confederations Cup. Milligan, 31, is keen to come to test himself in the Championship after a spell in Middle East with Baniyas.

Bolton face competition for the Socceroos star and are keen to try and complete the move this week as it falls within their budget. Birmingham City are also interested in the versatile midfielder."

So who is Mark Milligan? Well, the midfielder has spent his entire career playing in Australia, Asia and the middle east, most notably for Newcastle Jets, Shanghai Shenhua and Melbourne Victory.

Milligan has prevously been linked with moves to Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City and Crystal Palace earlier in his career. It was reported in 2013 that Palace had a £2 million bid rejected after a trial with the club.

Milligan has scored 6 times for Australia in 59 appearances. He certainly seems experienced, but can Milligan make it in The Championship? Who knows.

Also, does a move for Milligan suggest that Jay Spearing isn't coming back?

Anyway, would Milligan be a good signing for Wanderers? Let us know in the comments box below.