Bolton Wanderers have launched a move for Leeds United defender Conor Shaughnessy.

The Trotters are in desperate need of some signings and are looking to boost their defensive ranks by bringing in the 23-year-old on loan, according to a report by Football Insider.

Bolton boss Phil Parkinson.

Clubs in League One, League Two and Scotland have until the end of August before they can stop bringing players in.

Leeds are open to loaning Shaughnessy out again this season for him to get more first team opportunities with him currently down the pecking order under Marcelo Bielsa.

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Shaughnessy, who is a Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, spent the second half of the last campaign on loan in the Scottish Premiership with Hearts. He made 11 appearances in all competitions for Craig Levein’s side and gained a Scottish Cup runners-up medal in May after they lost to Celtic.

The Galway-born man started his career at Reading and played for their youth sides before he was released in 2016. Leeds subsequently offered him a trial and then a contract a couple of months later.

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Shaugnessy has since made 15 appearances altogether for the Yorkshire side but is set to leave them on loan again this season.

Bolton need bodies in their squad to give them a fighting chance of staying up in League One. They lost their first game of the season 2-0 to Wycombe Wanderers and their youthful side face a tricky home game against Coventry City today.

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