THE EFL have responded to Laurence Bassini’s claim to be ‘in control’ at Bolton Wanderers by confirming he has not provided the correct information or proof of funding for his takeover to go through.

Confusion reigns at the University of Bolton Stadium as the morning after a club statement appeared to rule Bassini out of the running to buy the club – tipping the scales towards administration – the former Watford owner issued a strenuous denial.

Bassini claims he has a “bulletproof” contract with Ken Anderson to purchase his 94.5 per cent stake in Burnden Leisure and that he has now instigated legal action to claim a share certificate.

The EFL told The Bolton News they have NOT yet received adequate details to pass Bassini’s business plan but that they were aware of his claims to be in control of the club.

A spokesperson said: “The EFL is aware of further comments being made this morning regarding the ownership of Bolton Wanderers and remains in contact with representatives from both the club and Mr Bassini.

“The EFL’s role is to ensure any individual looking to acquire control meets the requirements of the League’s Regulations, which includes providing information to demonstrate the source and sufficiency of funding.

“We remain available to the parties to assist where we can.”

Bassini says heads of department at Wanderers have seen documents which give him rights to the shares and his proof of funds.

“I also served, because of his behaviour (Ken Anderson), a Specific Performance, which means he will have to complete that share,” he said.

“I will deal with the EFL, I will sort that out.”

Asked about why he has failed to satisfy the EFL, Bassini conceded that he has not yet presented them in the correct guise but that he intended to do so in the future.

“I have provided that we have the money to draw down but they want it in a certain format,” he said. “We have no problem with that.

“The people up there are terrified. A lot of them phone me, they are crying, they are not getting paid.

“I have spoke to Kier Gordon, who is the trustee for the late Eddie Davies’s family, and if I let him (Anderson) continue the way he is, he’s running everything into the ground.

“Nothing is getting paid. He doesn’t care about this club. He is trying to find someone else so he can get more money.”