WANDERERS have made their move for Barrow boss Ian Evatt – but still have one big hurdle to negotiate before they land their man.

Local reports claim the EFL new boys are demanding £250,000 up front for the 38-year-old, and though the size of that figure has been questioned among folk at this end of the M6, it is clear Bolton will have to stump up a sizeable amount of cash quickly.

It is also understood that Barrow’s assistant manager Peter Atherton could be part of the negotiations, and his compensation included in said fee.

Barrow were still maintaining there had been no official approach from Bolton this afternoon – but Evatt has now been brought into 10/1 ON by the bookmakers.

In the 12 days since Keith Hill’s dismissal, Wanderers have done plenty of homework on the former Chesterfield and Blackpool defender. And though no official statements are due at the club, it seems very likely we will know if he will be the new Bolton boss by the end of this week.

The Barrow boss has earned wide-spread praise for guiding the Cumbrian club back into the Football League on one of the National League’s smallest budgets and implementing an attractive brand of football.