WANDERERS are set to make two exciting defensive swoops to sign Bristol City’s Kane Wilson and Tranmere’s Josh Dacres-Cogley.

The Whites have been asked to pay around £100,000 for former Forest Green wing-back Wilson, who was voted League Two’s player of the year in 2022.

A two-year deal is understood to be agreed with highly rated Dacres-Cogley, who came to the end of his contract at Prenton Park and had a few other options in League One.

Ian Evatt made his second signing of the summer yesterday, bringing goalkeeper Joel Coleman in on a free transfer. He follows former Chelsea stopper Nathan Baxter with both players signing for two years.

If the signings of Wilson and Dacres-Cogley go through as expected the chances of adding former Coventry City defender Fankaty Dabo – a free agent also being chased by several other clubs in the Championship and League One – looks remote.

Wilson joined City last summer after helping Forest Green to promotion and having been voted into the League Two Team of the Year.

The excitement over his move was cut short, however, when a knee injury which required surgery put him out of action for four months. The 23-year-old was able to play just twice after August and just seven times in total for his new club.

Wanderers are also planning to bring in 27-year-old Dacres-Cogley, who has been virtually ever-present for Tranmere in League Two and who has Championship experience with his first professional club, Birmingham City.

The Coventry-born defender spent five seasons with the Blues and also had a loan spell with Crawley Town before moving to Merseyside to become a first team fixture for the last two years.

Wanderers have been looking to boost their options on the right side after Conor Bradley returned to Liverpool this summer.

The arrival of Coleman should mean Bolton’s goalkeeping spots are filled up for this season and the former Huddersfield Town man is excited by the prospect of returning to his hometown and fighting for promotion.

“Being from the area, I know what it means to the fans,” he said. “I’ve been to quite a few Bolton games and I know what the atmosphere is like, and I want to be part of it.

“I was born here and so were my little boys so it’s a massive part of my life as well as some of my family and friends supporting Bolton too. To be able to represent Bolton is massive for me and a dream come true.

“I’ve played in all four divisions now and you want to be in the top divisions and hopefully I can contribute in any way that I can to get this club into the Championship.

“I’ve spoken to all the staff and there’s only one aim, there’s no question about it. They want to be in the Championship and after having a good season last season, we want to be looking at automatic promotion this season.”