Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman has expressed a strong interest to reattain the services of Jay Spearing.
The diminutive midfielder enjoyed a successful season-long loan at the Trotters last season and Freedman wants to make the 24-year-old a Bolton player permanently.
Spearing is unlikely to feature for his current club Liverpool in the upcoming season. He has been used sporadically throughout the Reds' pre-season and is considered below Steven Gerrard, Lucas Leiva, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen in the ranks competing for central midfield places.
Brendan Rodgers is therefore likely to be open to an offer from the Greater Manchester club.
It is thought Blackburn were understood to be keen on a deal for the Wallasey-born footballer and subsequently had a £1.75 million offer accepted from the Reds.
However, Spearing and the club could not agree on terms and he declined the opportunity to join the Rovers. They therefore withdrew their interest to explore other targets.
Freedman has now deemed the situation an opportune moment and revealed to BBC Sport Manchester: "Jay is a fantastic player, our player of the season, and available."
"We'll try our very best to make it happen." said the Bolton boss.
The move has been openly welcomed by Bolton fans. A substantial 96 per cent of Wanderers fans feel that signing Jay Spearing would boost this season’s promotion push.
Freedman outlined his determination for signing him by saying "We've got Financial Fair Play and I've got a responsibility to this football club.
"We've done very well with free transfers. If somebody like Jay comes up and the deal is right for the football club, then yes, we will be looking at that."
Freedman confirmed at Monday’s fans forum that he remains an admirer of Spearing but that the price currently being quoted by the Anfield club is in excess of the funds he has at his disposal.
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