Basile Camerling staying on in bid to impress Bolton Wanderers
FRENCH striker Basile Camerling will be given an extra week to earn a deal at Wanderers as Dougie Freedman looks seriously at beefing up his attacking options.
The 25-year-old former Nancy striker has impressed in training this week and could now be used in next Tuesday’s Lancashire Senior Cup tie against Blackpool.
Camerling has spent time at QPR and Charlton before arriving on Wanderers’ doorstep and Freedman is happy to extend his trial to see him in a competitive situation.
“He has been training with us for the last two or three days,” he said. “There’s no rush from his agent or him on a decision.
“I do know him very well; he was down at QPR when I first saw him. I don’t like getting in trialists left right and centre; it’s disrespectful to a player.
“But when a striker comes up with a decent record but perhaps injury wise he needs to get better, then it’s certainly worth a look.”
Freedman is keen to avoid a drop in form over the festive period like he experienced last season, when Wanderers won just once in the league between the start of December and the start of February, dropping to the fringes of the relegation battle.
And with options like Camerling in mind, the Whites boss is now hoping to do some wheeling and dealing in the transfer market in the coming weeks to keep his squad fresh.
“Last season we didn’t really have the squad rotation to do well over Christmas period,” he said. “This time I am going to make sure I have a real strong squad to rotate.”