Bolton Wanderers defender David Wheater has entered into talks with Oldham Atheltic about a possible switch to the League Two side, as reported by Alan Nixon.
That’s lead to speculation he’s on the move once more, with Oldham hoping to benefit by signing the 32-year-old, who captained the Trotters last season.
Wheater earned England honours up to Under 21 level during the early part of his career, turning out 157 times for Middlesbrough before a move to Bolton in 2010. He’s since appeared 202 times for them, scoring 17 goals.
They’re currently in turmoil, with little under a fortnight to go until the opening game. They face a 12-point deduction after entering administration and the current takeover appears no closer to being completed, making the future uncertain for all at the club.
Wheater would be a great signing for any team in League Two. Oldham are a sleeping giant of sorts, a side capable of playing League One football at the very least but currently down on their luck.
However, they’re thriving when compared to Bolton. The Trotters are in no shape to start the season and have haemorrhaged players all summer. Wheater leaving would be no surprise, but it would be yet another nail in their coffin.
They’re likely to start the new campaign with youth players as they can’t bring anyone new in at the moment. Losing their captain only adds to a pile of problems that will surely see them struggle all season in League One.
This news isn’t unexpected, but it’s certainly damaging nonetheless.