Coyle had been hoping to re-sign Daniel Sturridge on loan from Chelsea, however the new boss Villas-Boas has insisted that all of his players will have the opportunity to make the first team, and that a decision on Sturridge will not be made until a full pre-season is complete. Bolton have been on the lookout for a striker since Johan Elmander’s departue to Galatasaray and have been unsuccessful with attempts to sign Cameron Jerome from Birmingham City.
Welbeck had a successful loan spell at Sunderland last season in which he bagged 6 goals for the Black Cats and he will be fully aware that regular football at United is far from guaranteed given the attacking options at Sir Alex’s disposal. Sunderland are also believed to be interested in resigning the England U-21 International on loan, however it is Bolton who appear to be in desperate need of his services. Sturridge scored 8 goals in just 12 games at Bolton and Owen Coyle will be looking to acquire a player of this standard if his side are going to make progress on the achievements of last season.
With Everton also said to be tracking Welbeck’s situation, a battle for the 20-year-old’s signature seems almost inevitable and Owen Coyle will be looking to convince both United and the forward that the Reebok Stadium is where he ought to be playing his football next season.