Owen Coyle ponders Chris Basham sale


Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has confirmed that he may allow midfielder Chris Basham to leave the club before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month.

The 22-year-old is highly rated by Coyle, but has struggled to make a first-team impact at the Reebok Stadium and was recently the subject of a rejected bid from Blackpool.

"Ian Holloway rang me on Friday and informed me he was interested," Coyle told the Bolton News.

"I said I didn't want to lose him because he's a young player that we've got high hopes for at this football club, but I can totally accept that young Bash wants to play.

"He probably feels the competition is fierce in the midfield and he maybe thinks he's down the pecking order a little bit.

"What I said was that if Blackpool put forward a bid that we thought was fair, then we would allow permission for them to speak to him, on the basis on being fair to the kid.

"As a manager you have to do right by your players as well and I'm always very transparent – I have kept Chris in touch every step of the way."

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