WANDERERS believe they are getting closer to finding a solution on their embargo issues.

Sources at the club claim Christian Doidge will soon be registered as an official Bolton Wanderers player after being left in limbo for Saturday’s 5-2 FA Cup victory against Walsall.

The Welsh striker has already made 17 appearances for Bolton but was unable to turn a loan from Forest Green Rovers into a permanent move because the EFL deemed that Bolton owed money to one or more football creditors, including the PFA, who have assisted the club with salary payments for the last two months.

Doidge has bought a house in the area and had expected to sign a three-year deal last week but has now been assured that the move will be completed.

Goalkeeper Remi Matthews was also unable to be registered and left Wanderers on Saturday to return to Norwich. The 24-year-old was also signed on a loan-to-buy – but is now expected to sign for another club.

Gary O’Neil’s next step is unclear. The veteran midfielder had been expecting to sign a deal until the end of the season but the club claim he was unavailable for the Walsall game because of an injury. Depending on the severity of the problem, it is not yet known whether the 35-year-old will still be offered the same terms.

“We have got to be a bit patient,” said Phil Parkinson. “I’ll speak to the chairman on Monday morning. He has kept me informed about what is going on and sometimes those negotiations do take time, so hopefully it will be resolved.”

With loan-to-buy deals relatively new to English football there are few precedents to follow. And Parkinson feels his club have been harshly treated.

“The Football League have got to sort it out,” he said.

“I look in the paper about Birmingham running up £39million of debt in a year and we seem to get punished for anything. Any slight thing.

“We’ve just got to work to get the right decisions, going forward.”

The FA Cup fourth round draw takes place on Monday evening, and Parkinson was in no doubt what tie he would fancy.

“The biggest money-spinning tie we can possibly get,” he added.