English side Bolton Wanderers have joined the race for the signature of Ghana international winger Albert Adomah from Bristol City.
The 25-year-old winger is already wanted by Championship promotion contenders Crystal Palace, who have had two bids turned down since last Thursday.
Trotters boss Dougie Freeedman is keen to bolster his side’s attacking options and is ready to make a move for Ghana international Adomah in the next 48 hours.
There has already been contact between Bolton representatives and Adomah’s agent, Tony Finningan, who is keeping the player informed of events while he represents Ghana at the African Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Although the Lancashire club has yet to make a formal bid, Bristol City directors will be hoping their interest sparks a bidding war in the run-up to Thursday’s 11pm deadline.
Palace have had offers of £1m and £1.5m turned down and have been told to improve their offer if they want to sign Adomah during this window.
City have sensibly refused to put a price on the winger’s head, but The Post has reported that any offer that guarantees a down-payment of £2m will test their resolve.
Palace have cash to spend after receiving £10m up front for the sale of Zaha to Premier League leaders Manchester United and City chairman Keith Dawe and football managing director Jon Lansdown are prepared to play hard ball as they seek the best possible price for their major asset.
Bolton’s interest is sure ramp up the pressure on Palace and hasten a third offer, while the Trotters will know they have to better anything the London club has offered so far even to bring City to the negotiating table.
Striker Craig Davies remains the only permanent signing to arrive at The Reebok Stadium this month and Freedman has made public his desire to recruit another two players before the deadline.
One of those is Hamilton Academicals utility player Gary Fraser and the other could now be Adomah, who has 18 months to run on his Ashton Gate contract.