Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman is closing in on a move to Sky Bet League One side Bolton Wanderers (The Sun). Although the club remain under a transfer embargo and the transfer window is closed, they are still able to sign up free agents. Osman was released by the Toffees at the end of last season.
Osman, who turned 35 over the summer, spent 16 years at Goodison Park, making his debut in 2003, has been unable to fix himself up with a new club since his release. He had been linked with the likes of Leeds United and Bristol City, but nothing materialised.
Trotters boss Phil Parkinson is keen on adding more depth to his midfield options, especially after injuries to both Mark Davies and Darren Pratley. After initially starting the season extremely positively, Wanderers are now without a victory in their last seven League One matches. They travel to Swindon Town this weekend, hoping to halt this alarming run of form from extending.
The Bolton News reports that former Bradford manager Parkinson invited Osman to train with the club earlier this week. There is already plenty of experience in the Bolton squad, including the likes of David Wheater, Gary Madine, Jay Spearing, Dean Moxey and Chris Taylor. Parkinson feels as though another player of that calibre would certainly assist them in ending their poor run of form. Osman also has two England senior caps to his name after appearing against both Sweden and San Marino.
The video below shows Osman scoring his first ever Premier League goal, which came back in 2004 away to Wolverhampton Wanderers.