Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman is set to announce second signing after Leicester City player Neil Danns
WANDERERS look set to make Liam Trotter their second confirmed signing of the summer.
Following on from the capture of Neil Danns on a 12-month deal, it is understood the club will confirm a two-year agreement with the midfielder, who has been on loan from Millwall since January 31.
Trotter has made 16 appearances, six from the bench, since arriving from the Den on transfer deadline day, and his agreement to make a permanent move had been somewhat of an open secret within the club’s walls.
His deal in south London expires in June but the move will be officially ratified once Millwall boss Ian Holloway announces his retained list, expected by the end of this week.
The Ipswich-born ball-winner scored a stunning first goal for the Whites in the 3-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on the penultimate weekend of the season.
But the 24-year-old has struggled to completely win over the Wanderers supporters in his time at the club to date, despite gaining a regular start under Dougie Freedman, pictured below, as the campaign drew to a close.
He was given a mixed reaction by travelling fans in victories over Huddersfield Town and Doncaster Rovers, later described as “a little harsh” by his manager Freedman.
The Scot has made no secret of his admiration for Trotter’s game, however, and said tongue-in-cheek a fortnight ago: “Whoever signs him this summer – it will be a steal!
“He’s adaptable, he can play behind the main striker or that deeper role in front of the back four, and at 24, he’s only going to get better with time.
“I really am pleased he’s settling at the club and if we can get something done in the summer then the fans will see more improvement, I’m sure of that.”
Meanwhile, it has been reported Liam Feeney – the Millwall winger who spent a short spell on loan at Wanderers earlier this season – will sign for Blackburn Rovers.