Owen Coyle would let Johan Elmander leave for Liverpool

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Owen Coyle would have no problem with Johan Elmander leaving for Liverpool, provided the Reds match Bolton's valuation of him.

The Swedish international is due to fall out of contract in the summer but despite Bolton's best efforts to get him tied down to a new one, there is every chance he will be on the move as early as January.

There has been interest from Stoke City and Newcastle United, but Coyle says the striker would only be tempted by a move to Liverpool and would not blame him if he wanted to leave for Anfield.

"Ultimately, if and when – it's hypothetical at the moment – something came out and he said, 'I'd like to try that', I wouldn't have any problem with it," Coyle revealed.

"He has been fantastic for me. The relationship I have got with him is great, it is very upfront and we are quite open with each other. If in January a top club, a Champions League club, came in for Johan, it would only be natural that he would turn his head at that.

"It's never going to faze me, I'm not going to get upset about it. Ultimately, Johan has to do the right thing for him and his family."

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