Nine days ago Bolton Wanderers were put into administration after a torrid season both on and off the pitch for the club. Since the appointment of administrators from Rubin and Partners, several interested parties have been eyeing up bids to take over at the crisis club.

But just who is in the running to take over at Bolton Wanderers?

Shandong Luneng investment group

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The most exciting news to spring up around Bolton all season was the rumoured interest from the Chinese investor group who already own Chinese Superleague club Shandong Luneng.

It is understood that top officials from the group were given a tour of the stadium and facilities shortly before the club entered administration.

Fan reaction to the news indicates that they are by far the supporter’s favourites to take over, not least for their rumoured interest in bringing Big Sam back to Bolton.

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The Parminder Basran consortium has been closely monitoring the situation at Wanderers for a while and were believed to be close to a deal to buy the club as early as February but nothing materialised.

It is believed that the group are still interested in doing a deal for the club despite it entering administration.

Laurence Bassini

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The most high-profile interest to date has come from former Watford owner Laurence Bassini.

Bassini, who has been twice bankrupt in the past, came very close to completing a solvent deal for Wanderers on April 17 but failed to scrape the funds together to complete a deal to buy the club from the now former Wanderers owner Ken Anderson.

After a turbulent first attempt to buy the club, many fans hope that Bassini’s renewed interest is ignored in favour of another option.

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And of course, there will be other groups looking to pick up the pieces at Bolton but little knowledge is known about who else could be keeping tabs on the football club.

All we’re able to do now, however, is wait and see what materialises over the next few weeks. Hopefully the club can land on its feet in League One next season.

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