Marvin Sordell and Keith Andrews near Whites exit
IT’S all eyes on the exit door at Wanderers as Marvin Sordell and Keith Andrews continue to edge their way out of the club.
It is hoped Burnley’s deal to sign former England Under-21 international Sordell will be completed in the next few days.
Both clubs had expected to announce the deal last week, but it is understood there are a few minor details still to sort out between the player and the Whites as he looks to negotiate his way out of the remaining two years of his contract.
Club sources are confident the transfer will be completed soon, however, with the fee reported to be £500,000 – a £2.7million loss on the sum Wanderers paid to Watford in January 2012.
Andrews’ situation is a little more complicated, but with news emerging that Sheffield Wednesday have now joined Huddersfield Town in chasing the Irish midfielder, it looks highly likely that he will be moving on sooner rather than later.
Owls boss Stuart Gray is counting on having a bigger budget once a takeover by Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov from existing owner Milan Mandaric is finally ratified by the Football Association in the next seven days.
He had been looking to bring in Chelsea youngster Sam Hutchinson, but looks to have lost out to West Brom.
Reports now suggest he has switched targets to the more experienced Andrews, who has resigned himself to leaving Bolton to find regular first-team football.
And with more cash promised by the club’s new ownership, it is thought Wednesday could be in a position soon to take the 33-year-old on a permanent deal.
Wanderers yesterday confirmed that Stuart Holden would be returning to the club next season despite his contract expiring at the end of last month.
Reports suggest that the midfielder is making significant progress in his recovery from knee surgery but the club are ready to let him complete the vast majority of his rehab back home in the States.