Mark Davies and Zach Clough have both been left out of the Bolton Wanderers squad for their FA Cup Third Round tie away to National League side Eastleigh. Manager Neil Lennon has confirmed that both are set to leave the club.
Regarding Davies, Lennon has specifically said that he is set to be joining Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday, meaning a transfer is now a formality. With Clough, the club received a bid yesterday, believed to be from Bristol City, and therefore has not travelled with the squad.
Therefore it looks set to be the end of a long-term association for Davies with the Trotters. He was the longest-serving player with the club, having joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2009. He has played over 150 times for the club in both the Championship and Premier League. He now looks set to swap a Championship relegation battle for a play-off push with a move to Hillsborough.
"Mark Davies looks like he's going to #SWFC" — that's the exact quote from Bolton's Neil Lennon to the BBC.
— Rob Staton (@robstaton) January 9, 2016
20-year-old Clough has been the subject of moves away from the club for most of the season. Over the summer, Premier League clubs were linked with his signature, whilst more Championship sides have expressed their interest in recent times. Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill will speak after today’s FA Cup tie at West Bromwich Albion, and will hopefully provide an update on their pursuit of Clough.
— PA Dugout (@PAdugout) January 9, 2016
Unfortunately finances are the name of the game regarding Bolton, especially at this moment in time. They have a tax bill that needs to be paid off soon, plus the staff and players will also need paying their wages. The club recently sold offices on site to raise short-term funds and the sale of these players will certainly help them in the short-term as well.