2 players who could follow Dion Charles out of Bolton Wanderers this summer | OneFootball

2 players who could follow Dion Charles out of Bolton Wanderers this summer | OneFootball

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·2 March 2024

2 players who could follow Dion Charles out of Bolton Wanderers this summer

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Bolton Wanderers have impressed so far in League One this season, challenging for promotion back to the Championship, and star striker Dion Charles' goals have been crucial again.

He has scored 13 League One goals during the 2023/24 season, pushing Ian Evatt's side firmly into the automatic promotion equation, and has 17 in all competitions for the Trotters.


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The Northern Ireland international has been a prolific scorer since his addition to Bolton from Accrington Stanley in January 2022, scoring eight times in his first half-season with Wanderers and then netting 17 league goals in 2022-23 as they reached the play-off semi-finals.

The former Accrington forward attracted reported interest last summer, with TEAMtalk claiming Stoke City and Watford were keeping a close eye on the Northern Irish forward. Whilst, according to The Bolton News, both Swansea City and Hull City have been keeping a close eye on Charles.

Charles has a contract with the club until 2026 but his stock will be at an all-time high if his goals can fire Bolton to promotion this season. They will no doubt be desperate to hold onto him, but that might prove to be difficult if some bigger Championship clubs come calling, and particularly those that can offer sizeable wages.

Despite being one of the star players in Evatt's side, talk of Charles heading for the exit emerged again during the January window, with the Bolton News reporting the club's valuation was in the region of £5million.

However, like any manager, Evatt will want to make sure his squad is as strong as it can be, irrespective of which league they are in next season, and that will include keeping their best players, and their star forward definitely fits into that category.

With some players out of contract and interest in their top scorer likely to be reignited once the season ends, several players are likely to leave Bolton ahead of the 2024/25 campaign. We take a look at two who could follow Charles out of the exit door, here.

Declan John

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Declan John's time at Bolton is on course to an end in the summer, with the left-back already spending time away from the club on loan this season and in the fourth tier.

The Wales international is currently on loan at Salford City, who he joined in the summer on a deal until January. That was extended until the end of the season, with little hope that he will return to Bolton once that loan expires.

John's contract runs out in the summer after 92 appearances for the club, with Evatt confirming that the left-back will be leaving the club on a permanent transfer recently.

Given the amount of time he has spent on the pitch at Salford, you'd expect the Red Devils to sign the former Cardiff City and Swansea City man on a free transfer in the summer.

Given the standard of his performances in League Two, there is a strong chance that other League One sides may take an interest in John, though. Either way, it appears likely that his last game for Bolton has already been played.

Jón Daði Böðvarsson

Icelandic forward Jón Daði Böðvarsson looks likely to leave Bolton in the summer when his contract with the club expires, as he has done little to suggest an extension is in the offing or worth contemplating.

The striker has barely featured this season and has not brought the goals required to help take Bolton gain promotion or at the rate expected for one of the top sides in the division when he has found time on the pitch.

The 31-year-old has eight goals from 37 appearances so far, and should be far more prolific for someone who has played in the Championship for the likes of Reading and Millwall in recent years.

The signing of Aaron Collins in January limited his minutes even further in attack and has provided the side with far better attacking options, meaning that it seems very unlikely that Evatt's side

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