MARLON Fossey’s full-time return to Wanderers could soon be wrapped up, The Bolton News understands.

Positive talks have been held with the Fulham wing-back and his representatives with a view to signing him on a permanent basis.

Fulham’s promotion to the Premier League has simplified the situation for Ian Evatt, who made an informal agreement over a transfer fee with the West London club back in January.

Fossey’s season was ended by a knee injury – but sources close to the player say his quick recovery has been encouraging and he will be ready to start pre-season, even if there is still some detail to be sorted on the move.

Wanderers have stayed tight-lipped on their summer recruitment but are also thought to have held talks with Cambridge United defender Jack Iredale last week.

Evatt is excited by the work that has gone on behind the scenes to identify new signings for next season.

“There is so much work that goes on behind the scenes in doing that and making sure we try and limit the risk with recruitment,” he said. “There is always risk and you are never going to get every single one right, but what we try and do is limit the risk as best we can and that involves lots of hard work and not just from myself and Chris (Markham), but from our team of analysts behind that are building reports for me to look at and view.

“It is a really good place to be at the minute, a club which from two years ago to now is almost unrecognisable.

“It is not just the recruitment side of things as well, the board are helping us renovate and do better things with Lostock, the stadium, parts of it are looking tired now and that needs extra work.”