Jay Spearing’s football career in currently in limbo after his former club Liverpool refused to postpone an instalment owed by Bolton Wanderers.
Bolton owe the Reds £100,000 when Spearing plays 23 matches for the Championship club but the Trotters are currently in financial difficulties and are unable to afford the six-figure sum.
Therefore, Spearing, who has played 22 times for Bolton, was left out of the match day squad to face Preston at the weekend where they lost 2-1.
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Bolton's manager, Neil Lennon, admitted that he was only informed a day before the match that he wouldn’t be able to select Spearing.
“I found out round about Wednesday,” the manager told reporters, as per the Liverpool Echo.
“It was then on and off, on and off, before finally I was told on Friday I wouldn’t be able to pick him.
“I spoke to Jay’s agent and made him aware of the situation. I then spoke to Jay before the game too. He was obviously very disappointed and we’ll have to see what we can do about it."
The club have just been taken over by a new chairman, Ken Anderson, and Lennon revealed that he isn’t willing to pay the £100,000 after such a short time at the helm.
“We had to leave Jay out because we can’t afford to pay money to Liverpool,” manager Neil Lennon told reporters, as per the Liverpool Echo.
“We did ask if they would defer it but they said no, and that’s fine, it’s their prerogative.
“If he plays another game we have to pay a certain amount of money to them but we can’t afford that right now.
“That leaves him in limbo, a difficult position. And that is hard to take as well because I think we missed him against Preston.”
From Liverpool to Bolton
The 27-year-old played 55 times for Liverpool before joining Bolton on loan for the 2012/13 season.
Whilst on loan, he was named player of the season and the club paid £1.75 million to secure his services permanently that summer.
As with many transfers in modern football, the fee is rarely paid in its entirety upfront and instalment were included in the deal.
One of the instalments was a £100,000 fee overtime Spearing makes 23 league appearances in the season for the remainder of his contract.
Last campaign, Bolton avoided this by sending him on loan to Blackburn Rovers after playing 21 matches.
Bolton look set to be relegated from the Championship whether or not Spearing plays the remainder of the campaign. Lennon’s side are 11 points off safety with nine matches remaining, having only won four times all season.