Friday, 30 July 2010


English Premier League side Bolton Wanderers look set to re-sign loanee Ivan Klasnic today. The 30 year old Croatia international striker is available from French second division side Nantes, who cannot afford to pay the players. The club had saw Klasnic's sale as a means of bringing in income, however the player can walk free if Nantes do not pay on his contract over a period of a few months. Therefore player and club agreed a amicable parting.

Klasnic is still seen as a usable international player having netted 12 times in 38 games for his country. The former Werder Bremen star needed to suit up with a new club and needs to be in prime form at risk of dropping off the squad. Eduardo, Ivica Olic and Mladen Petric are already believed to be ahead of him, whilst he is also in serious competition with Mate Bilic, Nikola Kalinic, Nikica Jelavic and Mario Mandzukic. Mario Gavranovic, Srdjan Lakic and Daniel Cesarec have also put themselves into position to challenge him by switching to higher level clubs.

Klasnic's ultimatum is to keep finding the net for Bolton and to stay one step ahead of the competition. As the player has fitness issues due to a kidney transplant, it will be difficult and Igor Budan is a reminder that being in a top four league may not be enough. Bolton are trying to bring in two other of their loanees who were with the club at the end of last season. Jack Wilshere and Vladimir Weiss impressed last season and Coyle needs them in order to change Bolton's style of play. Thus far he has signed up defender Marcos Alonso and Robbie Blake, as well as wingman Martin Petrov who should prove exciting company for goalgetting Klasnic.