Alan Nixon says that Cole Stockton to Bolton Wanderers is ‘not’ a strong possibility this summer.
Stockton, 28, sees his contract at Morecambe expire next month. The striker has just finished an impressive 2021/22 campaign in which he scored 23 goals in 44 League One outings, making him the target of a number of clubs ahead of this summer.
Reports have recently linked Stockton with all of Preston North End, Portsmouth, Wycombe Wanderers, Rotherham United and Peterborough United, though Preston’s interest has since been played down.
Bolton Wanderers are also long-term admirers of Stockton’s, though Morecambe still have hope of keeping the striker beyond this season after offering him an apparent ‘bumper’ deal to stay.
Taking to Twitter yesterday though, The Sun reporter Nixon says that Stockton to Bolton is unlikely:
Not really https://t.co/St5DS2G5eU
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) May 15, 2022
Bolton Wanderers achieved an impressive 9th place finish under Ian Evatt in the 2021/22 League One season. Evatt’s side thoroughly impressed upon their return to the third tier and fans have a new found optimism for the future.
Bolton’s season was one of two halves. They ended the campaign on a run of four-straight wins, and eight games unbeaten, sending them into the pre-season on a high.
But if the Trotters are to make the top-six next season then they’ll certainly need to add some more quality additions this summer and also keep hold of their best players.
Stockton would be a keen signing but right now, as Nixon says, it seems like there might be other teams better positioned to land the striker this summer, with Morecambe’s new contract offer putting a spanner in the works too.