Bolton Wanderers hierarchy set to discuss summer spending plans

The Bolton News: Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside, left, with owner Eddie Davies Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside, left, with owner Eddie Davies

WANDERERS have planned a crunch budget meeting to take place after tonight’s game with Leicester City.

Owner Eddie Davies and chairman Phil Gartside will sit down with Dougie Freedman to discuss his spending plans – which will include any potential offers to the club’s six out-of-contract players.

Andre Moritz, Zat Knight, Stuart Holden, Arran Lee-Barrett, Tyrone Mears and Chris Eagles can leave for free this summer.

It is expected Freedman will have to scale down the wage bill for next term because of reduced parachute payments from the Premier League and the continued pressure of Financial Fair Play rules.

But the Wanderers boss has identified at least three players he wants to sign this summer, and would also like to offer at least two of his out-of-contract stars a chance to stay on at the Reebok next season.

“As we speak right now the decisions (on out of contract players) have not been made for financial reasons,” he told The Bolton News. “I need to see where the budget is at, and what we are trying to do, before I offer any contracts.

“I’ve got an idea of what I want to do but it comes down to what I’ve got. I might want two – but I can only offer one, or three and can only offer two.

“We’ll sit down after the Leicester game with Phil and that’s the key.

“At that point we’ll decide where we need to go, what the budget will be, whether we can do a bit of business.”

Despite three games remaining of the current season, transfer speculation has already begun in earnest, with Tim Ream and Mark Davies both linked with moves away from the club.

Freedman has denied there has been any contact from other clubs about his players but admits he must be on guard.

“If someone comes in for my players then I need to have a plan,” he added. “I need to expect the unexpected.”

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