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Controversial figure seeks EFL assurances before completing Bolton takeover

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Prospective new Bolton owner Laurence Bassini wants guarantees from the EFL that club will not be hit with a 12-point deduction as he looks to complete a deal for the relegated Championship side.

Talks have been going for around two weeks now between the former Watford owner, who has twice been declared bankrupt, and Trotters chief Ken Anderson.

They appeared to have stalled as Bassini failed to meet a deadline to show proof of funds recently, however, he insists that won’t be a problem and will be resolved.

And, Sky Sports reveal that the businessman has made his own demands to the EFL as he wants assurances they won’t be hit with a deduction next season that would apply in League One.

The report outlines fears from Bassini that because an attempt was made to put the club into administration before, it may breach Football League rules which incur a points deduction.

They also state that the potential new owner has denied claims that he would pay the players wages, and any other debts, insisting he would only do so when a deal was complete.

The Verdict

If Bassini is looking for assurances such as this it would suggest that he feels a deal is a long way down the line, but ultimately we don’t know what to believe right now.

It’s dragged on for far too long and Bolton fans will be so frustrated that nothing seems to be happening either way.

Either way, they will be desperate not to have a 12-point deduction next season as it would make life in League One very difficult.

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