Bolton Wanderers close in on Luxembourg winger Yannick Bastos
WANDERERS could be about to break down another international boundary by bringing the club's first Luxembourg international to the Reebok.
Yannick Bastos, a 20-year-old winger who plays for FC Differdange, held talks yesterday over a potential move to the Reebok.
So long referred to as the “League of Nations” in the days of Sam Allardyce – where up to 13 different nationalities were once represented in the dressing room – Wanderers have again cast the net to an untapped footballing resource in Luxembourg, ranked 122nd in the FIFA rankings.
He will be the second player from the Lowlands country to play professionally in England, with Chester goalkeeper Stephane Gillet having made a handful of appearances in the 2005/6 season.
Right-sided midfielder Bastos has four full caps and made his international debut against Russia last year.
He also scored to help the Differdange beat Dutch side FC Utrecht in the Europa League earlier this season.
Bastos is understood to have flown in yesterday with his father to have a tour of the club’s stadium and training ground before meeting Dougie Freedman to discuss a deal.
Talks are understood to have gone well.