Bolton Wanderers bid rejected for Manchester United target

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Manchester United trainee Jeffrey Schlupp is on the radar of Bolton Wanderers as speculation about the young Leicester City star continues.

The Ghanaian striker spent a month on loan at Sir Alex Ferguson’s United at the start of the year, but talk of a deal for the player has stalled.

Bolton boss Dougie Freedman is looking to bolster his attacking options, however reports have suggested that Bolton have had a bid rejected for the young star.  

Impressing as a makeshift left-back late last year, Schlupp filled in for Leicester’s Paul Konchesky against Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium and is understood to have played in the same position for United. With Konchesky ruled out for the foreseeable future it is possible the Foxes will opt to keep Schlupp indefinitely.

The youngster played two games with the Red Devils’ development squad against Liverpool and West Ham and trained with Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-team squad for a month but has yet to return to the East Midlands.

Coming through the ranks at Leicester City’s youth academy, Schlupp was given his debut by Sven Goran Eriksson, making 35 appearances for the Foxes.

He scored a hat trick on his debit against Rotherham in the League Cup in August 2011.

In February 2012, the Fox signed a contract keeping him at the King Power Stadium until 2015 and had a loan spell at Brentford in 2011.

In London he scored six goals in 10 games and played in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said of a potential deal with United: “"We'll be discussing this week what the next step is." 

"As soon as we find that out we will let you know. He has done well."

Former Foxes manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who gave Schlupp his debut, also spoke highly of the youngster: "He's a very, very good football player with very good talent. I wanted to keep him.

"If he is ready for Manchester United, I do not know. It is a big thing for him but would be a big loss for Leicester if it happens."


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