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Bolton Wanderers join the battle with Blackburn Rovers & Birmingham City for Huddersfield Town’s free agent

Can Bolton Wanderers persuade Jack Payne to join their struggling side in the battle for promotion next season?

Bolton is up against Blackburn and Birmingham in a bid to seal the deal with ex-Huddersfield man Jack Payne.

Jack Payne recently enjoyed a season-long loan at Bradford in EFL League One, where the 24-year-old attacking-midfielder got nine goals and seven assists in 47 appearances.

Payne joined Huddersfield in 2016 from Southend United and has since been loaned on several occasions. Hence why he is now looking for a permanent move.

Bolton Wanderers have found themselves in the EFL League One after demotion last year. Coupled with many players departing from the club and crippling financial woes, they cannot go into League One assuming that they will easily regain their spot in the Championship.

Payne has proven to be of League One standard by standing out amongst a very troubled Bradford City squad, who finished dead last in the league last year.

In the current state of the Wanderers, they need to acquire players who are free or very cheap. Alongside coping with the demands of League One and help the side push towards promotion back into the Championship.

According to reports, a long list of clubs are aiming for Payne’s signature, clubs involved are Birmingham, Blackburn, Lincoln, Bolton, Oxford and MK Dons. The standard of the clubs looking to add Payne to the side hangs around the lower end of the Championship, to mid-high table teams in the EFL League One. This suggests that Payne is a suitable player for clubs looking to achieve Championship status or even help clubs retain Championship status; exactly the requirements of Bolton Wanderers.

With Bolton Wanderers failing to pay staff throughout last season, it could be unlikely that players will jump at the chance to join the side. However, if players are promised that Bolton will be fighting for promotion, perhaps they could be convinced.

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