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Only the best money will get my players: Neil Lennon

By Robert Jones

Published 08/01/2016

Determined: Neil Lennon
Determined: Neil Lennon

Neil Lennon has warned clubs trying to sign his Bolton players this month they will not be flogged on the cheap.

Wanderers desperately need to raise funds ahead of an HM Revenue and Customs winding-up hearing in 11 days' time and they need to pay a fee understood to be over £2million.

The cash-strapped Sky Bet Championship club may therefore have to offload their most promising players to find the money, with the likes of Josh Vela, Mark Davies and Zach Clough their most saleable assets.

However, having turned down Cardiff's initial interest in Vela, Lennon has assured any buyers they will need to stump up considerable cash to land his players.

"We've had one or two offers in, they haven't been accepted," the Northern Irishman said.

"It's back in the court of the other clubs. Obviously it's not ideal but in the short term it's important that we can raise some capital to keep the club going for this month.

"I know we're in not a great position financially but it's important if there are assets in the team we get the best money we can for them - obviously that's what the people in the background are trying to do."

Forward Clough, who has three years left on his deal, was linked with a £750,000 move to Championship rivals Birmingham on Wednesday.

Such a small fee would not interest Bolton, though, and Lennon has admitted he has spoken to the 20-year-old to try and ensure he concentrates on football rather than transfer-window speculation.

"Having spoken to Zach, it's obviously a difficult time for him," Lennon added.

"We've just got to settle him down and just let other things take their course and just concentrate on their football."

Belfast Telegraph

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