According to the Bolton News, a deal which would’ve seen Bolton Wanderers sign Sheffield United striker Ched Evans for the rest of the season fell through late last night.

The Bolton News writes that due “a delay elsewhere”, a deal which would’ve seen Bolton Wanderers sign Sheffield United striker Ched Evans could not be completed before the 11pm deadline on Thursday night.

With the papers completed in time for a deal to be sealed before the closure of the January transfer window, it seemed that Wanderers boss Phil Parkinson had found a striker to come in to provide some much-needed goalscoring threat for his side. However, the deal could not be passed by the EFL in time. 

The striker will instead remain on loan with Fleetwood Town under manager Joey Barton. Evans has been in good form for Barton in the former Manchester City midfielder’s first season in management. The Blades loanee has scored 12 goals in all competitions, featuring in 26 games so far.

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The breakdown of the Evans deal means that Wanderers have only two senior strikers available at the club. Clayton Donaldson and Josh Magennis are the only two natural strikers for Parkinson to select, after the controversial return of Christian Doidge to Forest Green Rovers.

Donaldson is yet to find the net in the Championship so far this season, having featured in 19 league games so far. Magennis has scored three times in 28 League appearances so far this season, netting three times in two FA Cup games as well.

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