CHINESE investors have been given a guided tour at Wanderers – raising the prospect a new buyer could be found soon.

Representatives of the Shandong Luneng Group are understood to have visited the stadium and training ground on Thursday with a view to bidding in administration.

Former head of sports science, Mark Taylor, introduced the group to Bolton several months ago but was unable to gain any traction with owner Ken Anderson. He has also tried to bring in a Middle Eastern consortium, again with no luck.

The 54-year-old, who was one of the key members of Sam Allardyce’s famed ‘War Room’ in the Premier League days, has now issued a statement to The Bolton News outlining his involvement.

“I am working in association with an investment group that is interested in Bolton Wanderers Football Club,” he said.

“I have introduced other investors in the past, without success, but events over the last few weeks and particularly those in the High Court on Wednesday, have brought matters into focus.

“This club needs stability and forward planning and that is what we would look to prioritise.

“My association and affection for the club is well-known but speculation about links with Sam (Allardyce) are just that – at this stage, anyhow.

“Developments will, by necessity, require a level of confidentiality but the club, the town and, most importantly, the supporters, need a boost. That is a fact.”

Shandong Luneng are one of the biggest electricity suppliers in China and already back a Chinese Super League side, who signed Marouane Fellaini from Manchester United in January.

Club sources stress that a number of interested parties have viewed Wanderers’ facilities in the last 12 months without making a concrete bid – but after sending two of their top men to view facilities, the group now look to be a strong contender to buy the club when it enters into administration at the start of next week.