Championship side Bolton Wanderers have been unable to agree a deal with Lens striker Habib Habibou, who had been on trial with the club, reports FootMercato.
The 30-year-old only moved to the French side earlier this year after three years at Rennes, in which time he made just 33 appearances for the team, bagging only four goals in the process.
Yet he showed some fine goal-scoring form for Lens in the second half of last season, netting six goals in just 13 games for the Ligue 2 outfit to help them to fourth place in the division, just two points adrift of champions Strasbourg.
However, it appears that Lens are willing to let him go this summer and Habibou was indeed on trial at Phil Parkinson’s Bolton Wanderers over the past few days, yet recent reports suggest that a move to the Macron Stadium this summer is unlikely.
It has been reported that there is a ‘financial problem’ between the two parties, which means that the 30-year-old will return to Lens, and Bolton chief Parkinson is set to miss out on a forward option who may have been beneficial for them in their quest to remain in the Championship next season.
The Trotters earned promotion to the second tier last term after finishing second in League One, and like any side going up a division will know that reinforcements are vital in their quest to remain there this time next year.
Yet it doesn’t look like Parkinson will be adding the Ligue 2 striking ace to his pool of forwards at the club this summer.
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