According to The Sun (February 11th, page 63), Brighton and Hove Albion’s offer for Bolton Wanderers prodigy Luca Connell was £300,000.

It was posted on Twitter yesterday by reliable journalist Alan Nixon (see below) that Bolton Wanderers had received an offer from Brighton and Hove Albion for starlet Luca Connell. Now, on Monday it was revealed that the offer was £300,000.

Despite the fact that the transfer window is now closed until July 1st, Connell can still make the move away from Bolton. The 17-year-old is yet to sign a professional contract with the Championship side, leaving him free to leave outside the transfer window. The only catch is that he will not be able to play for the first team before the end of the season if he chooses to make the move.

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The Republic of Ireland youth international has made his way into Phil Parkinson’s first team plans in the new year, making his Championship debut on January 29th. He made his full debut in a late substitute appearance as Bolton beat Walsall 5-2 in the FA Cup Third Round.

Connell started in Wanderers’ Fourth Round clash vs Bristol City, providing an assist for Mark Beevers’ goal in a 2-1 defeat at Ashton Gate. He played 72 minutes of Bolton’s 1-1 draw against Reading. He also started in Wanderers 2-0 defeat to promotion-chasing Sheffield United at Bramall Lane last Saturday.

He started once again in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Preston North End but had to be subbed off after just 23 minutes after picking up an injury – one which Connell, Phil Parkinson and Bolton fans will be hoping is not serious.

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The youngster is highly regarded at Bolton. He has been putting in performances beyond his years upon his breakthrough into the Wanderers’ starting eleven, leading to interest from top-flight sides.


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