Stoke City and Watford are just two of numerous Championship clubs battling it out for prolific Bolton Wanderers frontman Dion Charles, according to TeamTalk.
The Northern Ireland international was the Trotters’ top goalscorer last season as Ian Evatt’s side reached the League One playoff semifinals, unfortunately losing to Barnsley over two legs.
Charles started the 2023/24 campaign the same as last term, bagging twice in an enthralling 3-0 win over Cheltenham Town on Saturday, but several Championship clubs are now looking to poach the poacher before the transfer window slams shut in little over two weeks.
TeamTalk are claiming that Watford have listed Charles as a primary target as Valerian Ismael looks to bolster his forward line, while Alex Neil is hoping to come out on top and secure the 27-year-old’s signature.
The outlet have also revealed that Bolton are not looking to sell Charles, who has two years remaining on his current deal, but will listen to offers from any Championship outfits.
Evatt’s comments on Charles
Speaking in an interview at the end of July, head coach Evatt heaped praise on the Irishman and listed him as a key player behind the team’s push for promotion to England’s second-tier this season [quotes via the Belfast Telegraph]:
“I think he can improve on those figures, absolutely. There is always room for improvement.
“Dion scored 20 goals last season but he’s hungry for more. He gets opportunities and we will always back him to take them.
“There are still parts of his game that he can polish. In particular, the way he connects and combines with people. Reliability with possession is another thing, but he’s a handful and a threat to defenders.
Losing Charles will be a big blow for Bolton Wanderers should a move to one of the Championship suitors come to fruition, hence why the club are hesitant to sell currently.
His 21 goals will be hard to replace, especially this late in the transfer window, but it’s no surprise that clubs from the second division are vying for his services given the quality that Charles would bring up top.