Leeds United’s out-of-favour defender Conor Shaughnessy could be on his way to crisis-hit club Bolton Wanderers according to Leeds Live.

The Irishman is wanted by the League One side but details of their potential takeover is currently delaying any deal taking place.

Unlike the top two divisions, clubs in League One and League Two can still sign new players until September 2nd and with Bolton looking to add reinforcements due to the sheer exodus of players from their squad, Shaughnessy could be on his way to the University of Bolton Stadium.

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Burton Albion were also believed to be interested in the defender earlier in the summer but now it appears that Bolton have moved to the front of the queue.

The talented youngster appears to be surplus to requirements at Elland Road having made only 16 appearances since his move to Leeds in 2016.

He also spent the second half of last season on loan at Scottish side Hearts further emphasising he’s seemingly not in Leeds’ boss Marco Bielsa’s plans.

Despite a worrying lack of depth at the heart of Leeds’ defence, especially following the departure of Pontus Jansson, it seems very unlikely that Shaughnessy will be handed a fresh start by Bielsa.

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With the financial restrictions currently surrounding Bolton it is unlikely that the would be a permanent deal and probably a loan option between the two clubs.

The Trotters haven’t spent a penny in the transfer market all summer, signing James Weir for free and Josh Earl on loan from Preston.

The only question mark surrounding the deal could be Shaughnessy’s willingness to join a club in the darkest days of their history, having had a huge exodus of senior players and sitting second from bottom in the League One table thanks to a 12-point deduction.


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