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Gillingham captain Kyle Dempsey remains wanted by Bolton Wanderers but they are keen on an answer

Gillingham’s League 1 rivals Bolton want a decision to be made soon following their offer for Kyle Dempsey.

The Bolton News have reported that a £150,000 bid is on the table, plus add-ons, for the Gillingham captain.

Bolton want Gillingham captain Kyle Dempsey Picture: Andy Jones
Bolton want Gillingham captain Kyle Dempsey Picture: Andy Jones

Dempsey is out of contract in the summer and seems likely to leave but the Gills may feel they are better off keeping their captain as they fight relegation. With no permanent manager in place, there is plenty of uncertainty at Priestfield.

Bolton boss Ian Evatt told the News that they are “doing what they can” to make a deal happen before the January transfer window closes but that they have other targets in mind. Bolton have money to spend.

Evatt said: “We’re being reasonable and fair and it’s a good deal for both parties.”

The Gills will be conscious of what signal it would send should they decide to cash in for a relatively modest amount when they are in a battle for survival.

Gillingham aren’t flush with money but have previously turned down offers from Charlton Athletic for a similar amount. The Addicks were told to "behave" by former boss Steve Evans after making a £100k bid.

There has also been interest in Gillingham striker Vadaine Oliver from non-league Wrexham but the Welsh side have since broken their transfer record and paid AFC Wimbledon £300,000 for their forward Ollie Palmer.

Gills chairman Paul Scally is currently on the hunt for a new manager, widening his search after Bromley boss Andy Woodman appeared to rule himself out.

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