Bolton Wanderers came agonisingly close to signing Ched Evans from Sheffield United yesterday, with Phil Parkinson confirming it was one document that prevented them from completing the deal.
Evans is currently on loan at Fleetwood Town in League One, with it the Highbury outfit who didn’t sign the piece of paper that would have terminated his spell there and opened the door for a move to the University of Bolton Stadium.
That’s what Parkinson has revealed to Marc Iles at The Bolton News, with the deal coming close.
Phil Parkinson says Ched Evans' collapsed move from Sheffield United came down to a "piece of paper" which was not signed by Fleetwood giving their permission to cut his loan short. #bwfc
— Marc Iles (@MarcIles) February 1, 2019
Despite Evans failing to impress on his return to Sheffield United and the Championship last season, the striker is beginning to put his career back on track in League One.
For Joey Barton’s side, the 30-year-old has scored 11 goals in 25 League One appearances, as well as registering a further four assists.
Now, Bolton, without Evans on board, turn their attention to Championship action following the close of the January transfer window.
Coincidently, the struggling Trotters take on Evans’ parent-club, Sheffield United, this coming weekend.
Evans is a striker that would’ve given Bolton something different at the top end of the pitch, so learning he came so close to signing is hugely frustrating for Parkinson.
Whilst he’s only proving himself in League One now, the goals are flowing and he could’ve transferred that into the Championship.
For Bolton, they need to focus on what they do have and try to pick up a result against Sheffield United.
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