WANDERERS are having to look elsewhere for midfield reinforcements after checking out of their chase for target Keanu Baccus.

The Australia international midfielder looked to be on his way to England, with Bolton at the front of a queue of clubs looking to sign him for £250,000 this summer.

Interest in the former Western Sydney Wanderers man was high, with clubs in the Championship also claimed to be in the hunt for his signature.

But it is understood that having gone a long way down the line to do the deal, Wanderers have now passed on the opportunity to sign the 24-year-old.

Bolton have declined to comment on their reasons for pulling out of the deal - but it is understood that Baccus will be staying with St Mirren as things stand.

Baccus did have scans on a knee injury late last season which he had been playing with since the World Cup but has since returned to training with his club.

St Mirren boss Stephen Robinson said in April: "He came back from Australia with it since the World Cup.

"It flared up yesterday after training. I think we just need to investigate it.

"We will have a look and get scans on Monday and then take it from there."

Wanderers also had a late change of heart in their chase of Bristol City wing-back Kane Wilson, pulling away from the transfer in its advanced stages after doing due diligence.

Other options are now being investigated, with Ian Evatt keen to get his business done as early as possible to enable new signings to get as much training time as possible before the start of the new season.

There has been some good news in Portugal, with the return of Gethin Jones after the hamstring injury which kept him out at the end of last season.

Eoin Toal has also travelled with the group but is not yet in full training after an ankle problem which forced him to pull out of the Northern Ireland squad earlier this month.

Dion Charles, who added two more caps to his total in the Euro qualifiers, has also travelled to the training base on the Algarve.