Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman warns fans not to expect big money bid to sign Lukas Jutkiewicz on permanent deal

YOUNG LOVE On-loan striker Lukas Jutkiewicz picks up the BWFC Juniors player of the year award

YOUNG LOVE On-loan striker Lukas Jutkiewicz picks up the BWFC Juniors player of the year award

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DOUGIE Freedman has moved to temper fans’ expectations with regards to Wanderers’ chances of signing Lukas Jutkiewicz on a permanent deal.

Middlesbrough are believed to have raised their asking price for the 24-year-old striker beyond what the Whites can afford.

It was previously reported that the Teessiders were willing to do business at around £1.5million – but without a significant sale, it now appears Freedman will have to look elsewhere as he bids to bolster a thin strike force this summer.

Freedman plucked the former Everton star from Boro’s bench, where he had scored just one league goal all season. But Jutkiewicz has proved to be a smash hit at the Reebok, scoring six goals in 16 appearances and becoming a favourite on the terraces.

And while he would be delighted to work with Jutkiewicz on a permanent basis, the Scot is urging fans to be realistic in their expectations for new signings.

“Of course we’d all like to see good players come to the football club, but I can’t say whether that’s going to be him [Jutkiewicz],” he said.

“I can say we won’t be signing ready-made stars for the money we used to spend. “I want to buy players with potential.

“Even if it’s not Jutkiewicz, hopefully the fans can see my recruitment record – players who haven’t been discovered yet, or who have gone through bad patches.

“I can still assure the fans that we’ll be getting fans of that type.

“I feel confident that I can get these players to the same levels.”

While Boro boss Aitor Karanka has said he wants to wait until the summer before speaking with Jutikiewicz about his next move, Wanderers have already kicked their own recruitment plans into gear.

Freedman has “two or three” signings lined up and has questioned whether Jutkiewicz’s success at the Reebok may have hampered his chances of leaving the Riverside for good.

“You can ask me a hundred times if we’d like to sign him – but the question should be do they want to sell?” he said.

“Middlesbrough will probably say ‘no’ now. I can’t go anywhere with that.

“I have got to go through a lot of questions before I can put my hand on my heart and say to the fans ‘yes, we’ll be doing this’.”

Freedman has had a good track record in the loan market since arriving at the club, but admits that it has come at a cost to the longer-term development of his squad.

“When you loan them up, it’s an agreement,” he said. “I’ve said before, I’m fed up of getting players fit, ready, scoring goals and then you shake their hand and they go back and there’s no asset there.

“It’s disappointing but at the time Lukas came in David Ngog had been sold and we used that money to get three or four players in, who certainly contributed more than David did in my time here.

“After all that frustration with Craig Dawson last season, the loans have really helped us this year – you’ve seen (Liam) Feeney and then (Kevin) McNaughton do well. “They get new contracts or other moves and we have to start all over again.

“That’s why I’m looking to get things done on a permanent deal now.”

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9:35am Mon 21 Apr 14

steveG says...

Signing players with potential is every Managers dream,unfortunately potential is something very few Managers have the ability to recognise.Proven ability is a must if recent improvements are to continue and the duke is just that.
Signing players with potential is every Managers dream,unfortunately potential is something very few Managers have the ability to recognise.Proven ability is a must if recent improvements are to continue and the duke is just that. steveG
  • Score: 3

12:44pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Beyond News Forum says...

There are players on the BWFC books that if I was the manager, I would be either selling on or not offering contracts to in order to finance a deal for the Juke.

Juke is not just an asset, from what we have seen in the stands, he is the clubs' current saviour along with Joe Mason. That right there has the potential to be a frightening partnership.

While sat watching from the stands there is something that DF does not hear from the fans... something that has been missing for quite a while... excitement and anticipation every time the Juke gets the ball.

I would be losing the likes of CYE and Zat Knight (Zat I admit has had a good spell recently) to fund a move for Juke. I do believe Cardiff will stay in the Premier League and Norwich will come down, so Mason should also be snapped up, if that means Moritz has to be left in limbo then so be it.

I do think Beckford will be a hit next season also, but I would at least try to renegotiate his contract - if Beckford is not a mercenary then he would understand that the club comes first and that the following season he will be playing Premier League football and not being on the fringes of a Championship side.

Closed season BWFC should be using the resources at the Academy and developing intensely during the summer months. We need to hit the ground running next season so some fresh hungry legs wanting to play for the club are needed. As much as I am a fan of Chris Eagles I think his time has come at the club to either step up or move on so the BWFC can be ready next season. Mark Davis I am another fans of, but is seemingly an injury liability.

We have STUSA coming back next season, and hopefully he will stay fit. I do think DF needs to send the scouts to the USA and Africa to get some real gems on BWFC contract terms. BWFC do NOT need to be looking in the lower leagues here or taking loans on at all. There are some fantastic players ready to step up and play at Bolton Wanderers. Maybe an idea would be to start with asking a few of the former players such as Ivan Campo, JJ, Yjouri, Stellios and co who they have been watching recently.

Anyway a few games left, maybe it is time to take a look at Zak Clough and Iliev???
There are players on the BWFC books that if I was the manager, I would be either selling on or not offering contracts to in order to finance a deal for the Juke. Juke is not just an asset, from what we have seen in the stands, he is the clubs' current saviour along with Joe Mason. That right there has the potential to be a frightening partnership. While sat watching from the stands there is something that DF does not hear from the fans... something that has been missing for quite a while... excitement and anticipation every time the Juke gets the ball. I would be losing the likes of CYE and Zat Knight (Zat I admit has had a good spell recently) to fund a move for Juke. I do believe Cardiff will stay in the Premier League and Norwich will come down, so Mason should also be snapped up, if that means Moritz has to be left in limbo then so be it. I do think Beckford will be a hit next season also, but I would at least try to renegotiate his contract - if Beckford is not a mercenary then he would understand that the club comes first and that the following season he will be playing Premier League football and not being on the fringes of a Championship side. Closed season BWFC should be using the resources at the Academy and developing intensely during the summer months. We need to hit the ground running next season so some fresh hungry legs wanting to play for the club are needed. As much as I am a fan of Chris Eagles I think his time has come at the club to either step up or move on so the BWFC can be ready next season. Mark Davis I am another fans of, but is seemingly an injury liability. We have STUSA coming back next season, and hopefully he will stay fit. I do think DF needs to send the scouts to the USA and Africa to get some real gems on BWFC contract terms. BWFC do NOT need to be looking in the lower leagues here or taking loans on at all. There are some fantastic players ready to step up and play at Bolton Wanderers. Maybe an idea would be to start with asking a few of the former players such as Ivan Campo, JJ, Yjouri, Stellios and co who they have been watching recently. Anyway a few games left, maybe it is time to take a look at Zak Clough and Iliev??? Beyond News Forum
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1:25pm Mon 21 Apr 14

crazyoldme says...

We need to sign him up no matter what the price. Get rid of all the dead wood, and use that money to buy him.
We need to sign him up no matter what the price. Get rid of all the dead wood, and use that money to buy him. crazyoldme
  • Score: 9

3:18pm Mon 21 Apr 14

rnorris says...

If they fail to sign him then ive had enough........Wont be going again.
If they fail to sign him then ive had enough........Wont be going again. rnorris
  • Score: -1

7:40pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Pedro1877 says...

I would like both him and Mason signed together. The two of them double handedly kept us up and everything changed when they joined. Ask Edwin for a special favour - just a few mill in cash please Eddie! and sell all the deadwood journeymen. However if that is not possible I will temper my wish with the thought that when opposing teams had done their homework and set one or even two players the task of nullifying the Juke they succeeeded easily and he proved ineffectual.
I would like both him and Mason signed together. The two of them double handedly kept us up and everything changed when they joined. Ask Edwin for a special favour - just a few mill in cash please Eddie! and sell all the deadwood journeymen. However if that is not possible I will temper my wish with the thought that when opposing teams had done their homework and set one or even two players the task of nullifying the Juke they succeeeded easily and he proved ineffectual. Pedro1877
  • Score: 1

8:08pm Mon 21 Apr 14

Liamdog says...

How to motivate the fans to buy season tickets DF ! Usual genius then.
How to motivate the fans to buy season tickets DF ! Usual genius then. Liamdog
  • Score: 4

12:18pm Tue 22 Apr 14

MalcM59 says...

So just brace yourselves for the usual summer merry go round of transfer market disappointments, near misses and general frustration, fuelled by the financial mismanagemnt and criminal incompentance of those jokers (Directors and managers) who have run the club into the ground since Allardyce left
So just brace yourselves for the usual summer merry go round of transfer market disappointments, near misses and general frustration, fuelled by the financial mismanagemnt and criminal incompentance of those jokers (Directors and managers) who have run the club into the ground since Allardyce left MalcM59
  • Score: 2

7:57pm Wed 23 Apr 14

asptec says...

We haven't got money for players but we can spend £20m on a hotel. BWFC have no ambition. All we hear is ask Eddie Daives for more money, but what do the other directors do for the club. Why didn't Warburtons sponsor the club when it strugged for a sponsor ast season?
We haven't got money for players but we can spend £20m on a hotel. BWFC have no ambition. All we hear is ask Eddie Daives for more money, but what do the other directors do for the club. Why didn't Warburtons sponsor the club when it strugged for a sponsor ast season? asptec
  • Score: 1

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