Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Coyle prepared to let Basham go

Owen Coyle

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has indicated that he may allow Chris Basham to leave the club if the price is right.

Basham, who can play in midfield or defence, was the subject of a bid from Blackpool boss Ian Holloway on Friday, which Wanderers rejected. Coyle would ideally like to retain the 22-year-old, but acknowledges it might be in Basham's best interests to move on in order to improve his chances of playing first-team football.

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

"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."

Coyle revealed several clubs had contacted him about both Basham and young forward Danny Ward.

"I've had numerous enquiries about Bash, whether it's to loan or to buy outright, the same as I have for Danny Ward - they are two young, talented players," Coyle said.

"I'll always look to do the best for the football club, do the best business possible, but at this moment in time Blackpool's offer is not acceptable.

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

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife galleries

More

Latest Sport News

Stats Centre