Former Hull City midfielder James Weir has linked up with Bolton Wanderers, journalist Alan Nixon has reported.
Weir, who is a free agent after being released by Hull at the end of last season, made just seven appearances for the Tigers in all competitions after joining from Manchester United in 2016.
Bolton are currently searching for players with which to compete in League One next season, after the financial crisis that has engulfed the club left them with just seven senior players ahead of the new campaign, which Phil Parkinson’s side begin away to Wycombe on Saturday afternoon.
Now it looks as though Bolton could be closing in on an additional option to call upon, with Nixon’s latest update revealing that Weir has ‘wandered in’ to the club.
Bolton. Free agent James Weir ex Man U seems to have wandered in … ????
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 2, 2019
With the takeover at Bolton still to be fully confirmed, Saturday’s game at Wycombe may come too soon for Weir’s services to be available for the trip to Adams Park, meaning it could well fall on members of the club’s academy sides to make up the numbers.
As well as his time at Manchester United and Hull, the now 23-year-old also spent part of the 2016/17 campaign on loan at Wigan Athletic, where he made just four appearances as the Latics suffered relegation from the Championship.
This is a strange one.
Usually, Weir’s record of so few appearances in so long at senior level would seem to suggest that the majority of clubs would be far from interested in signing the midfielder.
Bolton however, are far from an ordinary club right now, and you feel that their main priority at the minute will be to get through their scheduled games on the pitch while getting themselves into a more stable position off it.
As a result, they will need to bring players into the club in order to fulfil those fixtures, and it looks as though that could give Weir the opportunity to get back into the game relatively quickly following his release from Hull.