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Phil Parkinson speaks out about Cardiff and Sunderland target



Bolton Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson has admitted that the club would be ‘crazy’ to cash-in on coveted striker Gary Madine.

The striker has been a hugely influential figure for the Trotters this season, scoring nine goals and assisting five, meaning he has been directly involved in more than half of Bolton’s goals so far in the league.

Such form has generated a lot of interest in the forward and Parkinson confirmed to the Bolton News that bids had been rejected for the striker, believed to be from Cardiff City.

Bids have been offered by a club but the chairman and I really want to keep Gaz. As I have said in all my press conferences over the last few weeks, I really think it would be crazy to sell one of our best players.”

The former Bradford City boss also feels that the player would be best served continuing to improve at the Macron after finally hitting form after a mixed career so far.

I feel he wants to stay with us and that he’s developing as a player. He is getting better all the time and we’re pleased with his progress.”

The Verdict

Phil Parkinson is spot on with what he says here, it would be madness for Bolton to sell Madine at this stage of the season.

He is clearly their best and most important player and it’s going to be hard enough to survive with the striker never mind without him.

Whilst they should easily be able to see off interest from Sunderland, a move to Cardiff may appeal to the 27-year old given he could be a Premier League player in six months’ time.

Thoughts, Bolton fans? Let us know in the comments below.