Fulham step aside in chase for Barcelona starlet

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Barcelona starlet Jeffren Suarez inched closer to a move to Bolton Wanderers when Martin Jol announced Fulham would not submit a bid for the Spanish Under 21 star.

Jeffren, who's been tipped to leave Barcelona for the best part of the summer after growing frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities at the Camp Nou, would appear set for a move to Bolton.

The Lancashire side appear to be in pole position to sign the Barcelona youngster, fending off competition from Fulham and Liverpool.

Fulham manager Jol said on Wednesday that the west Londoners would not enter in negotiations for Suarez, leaving the door open for the Trotters.

"He is a good player, on the fringe of the Barcelona first team but no, no interest," confirmed Jol.


It's believed that Valencia and Sevilla are the Spanish sides most closely monitoring Jeffren's situation, however it would appear that the player would prefer a move to the Barclays Premier League.

The Daily Mail reported two days ago that Bolton had a £5 million bid accepted for Jeffren by the Catalan club, and that the Spaniard would board a plane headed for the US to thrash out a deal.

Owen Coyle is thought to be keen on adding an attacking player with an established record or pedigree after losing Johan Elmander to Galatasaray, while Rodrigo returned to Benfica and Daniel Sturridge to Chelsea after their impressive loan spells at the Reebok.

Both players have publicly stated that they fully intend to remain at their parent clubs after Sturridge confirmed he will remain at Chelsea earlier this morning.

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