Bolton Wanderers say six-figure Norwich City debt is in hand
Wanderers insist they have an “agreement in place” in respect of a six-figure debt owed to Championship rivals Norwich City.
It has been reported that payments totalling £195,000 are owed to the Canaries in loan fees and wages for goalkeeper Remi Matthews and winger Yanic Wildschut.
Bolton maintain the debt will be paid but have declined to comment on whether that will be deducted straight from a central funding payment expected later this month from the EFL.
Matthews has returned to Carrow Road in order to try and find a new club after an 18-month permanent deal at Bolton did not go through last week.
Wanderers have played down rumours that Wildschut’s loan will be cut short to enable him to join promotion-chasing Sheffield United but the Dutchman is unlikely to be involved in this weekend’s game at Bristol City because of an ankle injury.
Everton loanee Joe Williams is also unavailable, having picked up a thigh problem, and likely to be so until early next month. His unavailability has also deterred Saturday’s opponents from pursuing his signature on a permanent basis, the Ashton Gate club adding Chelsea’s Kasey Palmer to their ranks on loan yesterday.
Ken Anderson has refused to give on signing Matthews, Christian Doidge and Gary O’Neil – claiming: “The EFL agreed with us on Friday as to how we could register the three players for last weekend’s game against Walsall.”
After contacting the EFL, The Bolton News understands no agreement was made, but that the club what told what appropriate action and agreements were required, in line with league regulations, to solve the situation.
The league may also have to intervene should Forest Green pursue their threat of legal action against Wanderers for Welsh striker Doidge, who returned to the League Two club this week.
“We will sue Bolton for the breach of contract over the transfer - the first £250,000 was due to be paid last week. We will pursue them for that,” said Dale Vince, the Rovers chairman.
Mr Vince also claimed on Monday that wages paid by his club during Doidge’s four months at Bolton, worth approximately £30,000, would be taken at source by the EFL.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]