WANDERERS were last night preparing to take a big financial hit as they offload flop striker Marvin Sordell to Premier league Burnley.
It is understood a deal was close to being agreed that will see the former England Under-21 man move to Turf Moor for £600,000, with add-ons depending on his success with the Clarets.
Sordell arrived in the final moments of January deadline day, 2012, for £3.2million from Watford.
But the youngster will forever be tagged as one of the Whites’ most expensive failures after failing to claim a regular first team place under successive managers.
Sordell made just 16 starts in two-and-a-half years at Bolton, with another 13 appearances from the bench. His eight goals came at a cost of £400,000 each.
After struggling to get a chance under the man who signed him, Owen Coyle, Sordell briefly looked to have sparked his Wanderers career into life after Dougie Freedman’s arrival from Crystal Palace.
He featured heavily in the club’s near miss on the play-offs but was deemed surplus to requirements over the summer when Jermaine Beckford and Andre Moritz were signed from Leicester City and Palace, respectively.
Sordell spent last season on loan with Charlton Athletic after failing to convince Freedman he could be a regular starter.
The 23-year-old scored eight goals in all competitions for the Addicks, including a hat-trick against Sheffield Wednesday.
His lack of success has not deterred his former Watford boss Sean Dyche, however, and with only the fine details of the move to sort out, the deal is expected to be completed later today.
Wanderers are expected to use the cash to put towards a bid for Middlesbrough striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, but are unwilling to be drawn into an auction for the 25-year-old.
Derby County have upped their initial offer of £1m but Boro have yet to accept their revised bid.