Long-serving Bolton defender, David Wheater, who has recently been on trial with Scottish side Kilmarnock could well find himself a move closer to home.
The centre-half has been on the lookout for a new club since his contract with Bolton expired on June 30.
It was widely reported that Europa League-bound side Kilmarnock were interested in the defender but that move appears to be off. So, where next for David Wheater?
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Wheater now NOT signing for Kilmarnock. Club closer to home. But not Bolton, apparently. #bwfc
— Marc Iles (@MarcIles) July 9, 2019
Kilmarnock move is off
According to a tweet from Marc Iles of the Bolton News, Wheater is supposedly the target of a club in the north-west.
Wheater spent eight years and a half years at Bolton since joining from boyhood club Middlesbrough in January 2011.
In that time, the 6ft4 defender has appeared in 236 games for Bolton, scoring on 16 occasions.
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Where next for David Wheater?
There is plenty of speculation surrounding the future of the Wanderers captain.
Yesterday, following the revelation that Wheater’s move to Scotland looked to have fallen through, several fans touted the possibility of Wheater linking up with Blackpool and former Bolton teammate Jay Spearing.
David Wheater signing for Blackpool soon, all down to Jay Spearing playing a massive part. #bwfc
— Tom Gee (@Tgee92) July 9, 2019
One by the seaside perhaps 🍊
— Chris Merrills (@CMerrillsBWFC) July 9, 2019
While it’d be painful to see Wheater in orange after spending such a long time at Bolton, the move certainly makes sense for the defender if it was to happen.
For a start, Blackpool, who have been a constant thorn in Bolton’s side, will start the new season 12 point ahead of Wanderers.
And on top of that, it’d be easy to see Wheater relishing the chance to join up with his former Bolton teammate Jay Spearing who Wanderers have missed since his departure in 2017.
However, it has been reported by several sources today that Wheater could, in fact, be a target for newly-promoted League Two side Salford City.
Signing the 32-year-old would certainly be a huge coup for the growing club who have been one of the fastest-ascending teams in the footballing world in recent years.
This is certainly one to keep tabs on, but the chances of Bolton keeping hold of the defender look slim to none as things stand.