Bolton haven’t made just one signing today, they have made two. And for the first time since January 2015, one involves a transfer fee.
Firstly, the purchase. Josh Magennis has signed a two-year deal after a bid had been accepted by Charlton Athletic last week. Ken Anderson has since confirmed Wanderers also made an enquiry about Patrick Bauer but denied that a formal bid was made for the German central defender.
It’s been a while since we signed someone for money, small amount of cash but a big step forward for the club , he looks like a good bit of business for the wanderers too!
— Chris McKeown (@TheChrisMcKeown) July 30, 2018
Earlier this afternoon, defender Jack Hobbs signed a one-year deal. Hobbs is a defender we had interest in when he was a youngster, but around 10 years later, he finally is a Wanderer. He seems to have impressed over his pre-season trial. He has had injury problems in the last couple of years, which is a worry but fans of his last club Nottingham Forest seem to think he was okay.
When fully fit (which hasn't been for a long time) he was Forest's best CB by a country mile. Quality pro and I hope it turns around for him at #bwfc
— Ben B. (@BigBenNFFC) July 30, 2018
Realistically, the jury will be out on both. Although he fits the Parkinson profile for a striker, Charlton fans seem split over Magennis, while Hobbs should be at least be better cover than what we had last season. Now we just need a goalkeeper, another left-back and two midfielders and we might actually have a reasonably sized squad.