Bolton Wanderers are eyeing a move for Crawley Town winger Filipe Morais as they continue their rebuilding this summer, as reported by Football Insider.
The Trotters are facing up to life in the basement division for the first time since the eighties and have already begun a solid recruitment drive by bringing in former Bradford man Eoin Doyle. They will now go head to head with Stuart McCall’s side who are also interested in adding the Portuguese winger to their squad.
Morais began his career with Chelsea and has represented both of the clubs currently hunting him. He had three years at Bradford City and was part of the side that twice finished fifth in League One, as well as scoring in the famous FA Cup victory against Chelsea in 2015. He later moved to Bolton, appearing for them as they were promoted from League One in 2017/18.
He has been with Crawley since the summer of 2018, making 33 league starts and scoring eight goals. He spent the latter half of the season on loan at Oldham Atheltic, where he appeared 16 times in the league bagging twice. He is still under contract at Crawley, but can leave on a free as they look to rebuild.
With salary caps looking likely to be introduced, clubs are having to be frugal and even though Bolton and Bradford will top attendance charts in their division, it isn’t likely either will be spending big.
Bradford are perhaps in a better position to capture Morais, who has proven himself to be a huge asset to League Two clubs despite his advancing years. The Bantams are sure to be in pole position here, given his previous relationship with McCall, but if Ian Evatt gets it right at Bolton they’ll be in line for a title challenge, offering a last chance at some silverware.