MJ Williams is on the verge of a move to MK Dons.

The midfielder, who made exactly 100 appearances in all competitions over the course of two-and-a-half seasons is due to sign a permanent deal with the League Two club for an undisclosed fee, according to reports which surfaced this evening.

Former Liverpool academy star Williams was one of a handful of signings made in January 2021 which transformed Wanderers’ 2020/21 season and spurred them on to promotion in League Two.

He established himself in the heart of Ian Evatt’s midfield and was a regular on the club’s return to League One but fell out of favour for spells of last season before undergoing a clean-up operation on his knee in January.

After that he returned to the side and showed his versatility by dropping into the back three to help solve an injury crisis in the final few weeks of the campaign.

Williams also clocked up his 35th appearance, which triggered a one-year extension clause in his contract.

The Liverpudlian played the second half of Saturday’s 1-0 win at Bamber Bridge, where he once again filled in at centre-half.

His impending sale comes as some surprise, given the fact that Bolton have lost defenders George Johnston and Eoin Toal to injury in the last week, with both players unlikely to feature at the start of the season.

Wanderers are looking to strengthen significantly in the midfield area this summer, however, and with Williams being offered the chance of regular football at a club which hopes to be challenging for promotion this season, they would not stand in his way.