Bolton Wanderers have been dealt a big blow in securing one of their biggest targets this summer, with Australian international midfielder Mark Milligan having problems obtaining a work permit according to journalist Alan Nixon.

The 31-year-old has been rumoured with a move to The Macron for much of the summer, and the deal has been a case of when it will happen rather than if it will happen. However, ‘The Trotters’ have been dealt a huge blow in trying to secure the Australians signature, as the former Crystal Palace trialist is struggling to obtain a work permit which will enable him to live and work in the UK.

Milligan has played much of his senior career in his homeland of Australia, and has been a constant figure in the Australian national team since the beginning of his professional career, scoring 6 goals in 59 appearances, and is now the captain of his national team.

Milligan was playing his football in the UAE, with Abu Dhabi based club Baniyas last season, but came to the end of his contract, and has been set to make a move to Lancashire on a free transfer before the season begins, however the deal has hit a huge hurdle, and this could mean that the newly promoted team may have to look elsewhere for additions.

Milligan would bring a wealth of experience to the ranks at Bolton, and huge versatility, being able to play at both full-back positions, centre-back and centre midfield, and could prove to be a very shrewd signing, especially on a free transfer, and all at Bolton will be hoping that the whole situation can be sorted soon.

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