Bolton Wanderers missed out on signing Hamburg striker Artjoms Rudnevs this summer, according to HITC.
Neil Lennon reportedly tabled an ambitious bid for the out-of-favour Latvian striker in a desperate attempt to strengthen his sides attacking options.
Reports in Germany are suggesting that Bolton were not alone in their interest for the Latvian international, as competition from Greek outfit PAOK Salonika and Belgium giants Standard Liege hindered their progress.
Rudnev will now look to run down his contract at the German side and hope that interest is still high for his services when his contract ends at the end of this season – whether or not Bolton will remain interested then remains to be seen.
The 27-year-old has scored 13 goals in the 34 appearances he has made at Hamburg, whilst he also spent a portion of the 2013/14 season at fellow Bundesliga club Hannover.
He has a decent strike record in a top league and will hope to prove that he is a good striker when he moves elsewhere.
Bolton are definitely going to have to wait to sign the striker if they are still interested, as the emergency loan window which opened today does not allow players to be brought in from foreign leagues.
Rudnev will now have to sit on the sidelines until another ample opportunity arises and he can move out of the German club.
Bolton, however, are limited in attacking options after only scoring one goal so far this season. There’s no doubt that Rudnev would have been a welcome addition among Bolton fans, but now it’s time for the Greater Manchester side to push on and strive to improve their form.
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