Bolton striker to-be, Christian Doidge, has returned to his parent club, Forest Green Rovers, after a failed transfer.

Forest Green’s chairman, Dale Vince, broke the news on social media last night.

Doidge was set to sign permanently for Bolton this January following an initial loan move from Forest Green in August. The fee agreed for the striker was reportedly seven figures according to the Bolton News.

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It was always questionable whether Bolton would be able to fork up the cash for Doidge’s transfer. The club have relied heavily on free transfers and loans in recent years, so the reported seven-figure sum, for a League Two player, always seemed suspiciously high.

Last night’s announcement however, means Doidge joins goalkeeper Remi Matthews in leaving Bolton as a result of the reported registration embargo (BBC) placed on the club last week that also leaves midfielder Gary O’Neil in limbo.

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What’s going on at Bolton Wanderers?

It’s a sorry state of affairs that Bolton find themselves in at the moment.

The club beat the drop last season by the skin of their teeth. 2018/19, fans hoped, would be a season of consolidation for Phil Parkinson’s side.

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However, after a torrid first half of the season, on and off the pitch, it’s a worrying time for all involved in Bolton Wanderers.

The news of Doidge’s failed move also asks more questions of Bolton’s ownership and what they’re doing, or failing to do, to keep the club afloat financially.

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Bolton’s chairman, Ken Anderson, has regularly posted weekly updates on the club’s website but has been unusually silent of late.

It’ll be interesting to keep track of the developments surrounding the club in the next few weeks, but it’ll undoubtedly be a painful time for proud fans of this historic club.

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