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Ian Evatt on Bolton Wanderers ending Fulham Marlon Fossey interest & Conor Bradley admission



Ian Evatt has spoken on Bolton Wanderers moving on from signing Marlon Fossey and revealed that new signing Conor Bradley was the club’s first choice – even going back to January.

The 18-year-old right-back has joined Ian Evatt’s side for the upcoming season in League One. It will the first spell away from Anfield for the young defender and Wanderers have sealed their third signing of the summer.

He links up with Bolton following Manchester City’s James Trafford rejoining on loan for the upcoming campaign after a successful loan spell in the season half last season. Jack Iredale has also joined the club on a free transfer from Cambridge United.

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The right-back has played five times for Jurgen Klopp’s side across the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup. All of these appearances came last season, and is also a fully fledged Northern Ireland international and he will now spend the upcoming campaign out on loan at Wanderers.

Wanderers had sought to bring back Fossey to the club this summer. The Fulham defender, who has a year left on his Craven Cottage contract, had impressed during a loan spell at the University of Bolton Stadium during the second half of last season.

But Wanderers ended their interest in the player due to interest emerging from the Championship. They have since moved quickly to confirm the capture of Bradley for the upcoming campaign.

Evatt revealed Wanderers have a long standing interest in the Liverpool prospect. It goes back to the January transfer window where he was made the club’s number one target.

At that time, Liverpool were unwilling to allow Bradley to move to Wanderers, who instead moved for Fossey. The Fulham defender was very close behind in the pecking order in terms of targets.

Evatt has now spoken for the first time since the club ended its pursuit of Fossey, who he openly admits Wanderers wanted to sign but there was ‘risks attached’ with pursuing it. Once Bradley became available, Wanderers moved on quickly, and Evatt is pleased to get a long standing January target over the line.

Evatt said: “I’ll always be honest and I’ll always be truthful. In January, we wanted Conor Bradley – he was our number one target in January.

“Marlon was a close second, but Liverpool weren’t willing to let Conor out at that stage. Conor was involved in their first team, so we signed Marlon.

“Marlon was fantastic and a wonderful player. Did we want to sign him? Yes, but there was risks attached and once we found out that Conor was available, we moved on really quickly.

“Conor was our priority in January, it didn’t happen but it’s going to happen now which is huge credit to where this football club is at, the work we’re doing on the pitch and Liverpool for identifying us as a club which will take care of Conor and make it happen.”

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