Coventry City are set to announce the signing of Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves within the next 24 hours, reports the Bolton News.
Although it is unclear at this point whether the deal is permanent or a season-long loan deal, Eaves has been a long-term target for Coventry City manager Steven Pressley. The Liverpool-born target-man is understood to have impressed the Scot with his physical presence during a 0-0 draw in March between the Sky Blues and Shrewsbury Town, where Eaves was on loan for much of last season.
Pressley has long been seeking a target-man style striker since losing both Mathieu Manset and Leon Clarke in the January transfer window. At 6ft5, Eaves appears to fit the bill. At just 22 years-old, Coventry City are hoping that the forward still has potential within him to improve as a footballer.
Eaves spent last season on loan at League One sides Rotherham and Shrewsbury, playing 33 times and scoring just twice. He is understood to be out of favour with Bolton manager Dougie Freedman and could be available to Coventry at a knock-down price. Since signing for Bolton Wanderers from Oldham after impressing former manager Owen Coyle in a League Cup tie, Eaves has played just 3 times for the Trotters.
The best spell of Eaves’s career came during the 2012/13 season where he impressed on loan at both Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town. Over the course of that particular campaign he scored 13 times in just 25 league appearances. However, he failed to repeat that form last season, Coventry City’s pursuit of the forward comes as something of a surprise.