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Richard Garnett

Bolton boss gives verdict on Conor Bradley future as Liverpool face loan decision amid transfer links

Bolton Wanderers manager Ian Evatt is confident that Conor Bradley will stay on loan with the Trotters until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old has been impressing on a temporary switch to the League One side that runs until May, but his high-level of performance has helped Wanderers up to fifth in the table, putting them well in the mix for promotion to the Championship.

Bradley's form has led to reported interest from other clubs, including Wolverhampton Wanderers and Preston North End and with nothing in the player's deal to prevent him from being recalled by Liverpool at any point, speculation has mounted suggesting that he could be about to continue his development with a different club higher up the football pyramid.

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Deployed as a right wing-back, Bradley has scored four goals for Bolton this season, with his most recent coming against Fleetwood Town on November 19. He is in good company, with fellow Liverpool youngster Owen Beck also on loan at Bolton.

But fresh reports have suggested that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is happy to let Bradley continue at Bolton and Wanderers boss Evatt, who revealed that the Reds have been in regular contact about his player's progress, sees no reason why the exciting prospect will not remain with the Greater Manchester club until the end of the season. He also confirmed that Liverpool loan management director David Woodfine would visit Bolton today (Thursday) for an update on both Bradley and Beck.

As per the Manchester Evening News, Evatt said: “All I can say is the messaging we’ve had from Liverpool is really consistent throughout and they want him to be here for the remainder of the season. From what I understand from Conor, he loves this place, he loves being with us and wants to be a part of it for the remainder of the season.

“I don’t envisage that changing. If it does it does and that’s out of our hands. I spoke last week about controlling the controllables and that for us now is kind of out of our hands a little bit.

“But all we’ve done is show Conor and Liverpool that we are a trusted ally and that we can develop and help their players grow and I think we’ve done that for Conor and we’ll certainly do that for Owen Beck as well.

“When we brought Conor in, it was to give him the platform to have a full season of men’s football and to have a good season, a successful season, and somewhere he can grow and develop.

“I don’t see why the plans should change because we’ve stuck to our half of the bargain. I don’t think that’s right or fair but that’s Liverpool’s decision and all we can do is show them our best and I think we’ve done that.

“We’ve got a really good relationship with Liverpool, the loans manager is coming to visit us on Thursday, not for any other reason but to see the boys and see how we’re getting on. We have a fantastic relationship with them. I think both sides are happy with how things are going and would want that to continue.”


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