Even though the news is that Bolton have rejected Newcastle’s initial bid of £1M for their defender JLloyd Samuel, the news in Bolton is that manager Owen Coyle will let the player leave this summer.
JLloyd Samuel – could be Newcastle’s first summer signing
While JLloyd can play anywhere across the back four, which is good, it seems that Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is looking to use Samuel to challenge Jose Enrique for the left-back position at Newcastle.
Samuel signed a four year deal when he signed for Bolton on 1st July 2007, and he’s played over 80 times for Bolton in that period, but it’s significant he has played just 3 games since Owen Coyle arrived at Bolton in January of this year.
If it’s indeed true that Newcastle have had a £1M offer turned down, we would expect them to go back with a slightly improved offer, and we would expect Bolton to accept it, and it could be that 29 year-old Samuel will become Newcastle’s first summer signing.
The Bolton News is reporting there has been no official bid for the 29-year-old, despite the reports of last night, that Wanderers have rejected a £1m offer, but they are reporting there have indeed been informal discussions between the two clubs.
It’s also no secret that Owen Coyle is willing to let some of his fringe players leave this summer.