Despite its initial effort to bring Goran Popov on loan fell through, Bolton is still confident that an arrangement can be reached to bring Popov to its ranks by the end of the week.
English media reported that Goran Popov was all set to join Bolton last night, but the loan agreement fell through after it was rejected by the Premier League and Football League, the top two tiers in English football. Supposedly, since the winter transfer window had already ended in England, teams from the second division there, like Bolton, can only loan players from English clubs outside of the transfer window.
The problem for Popov was that his rights are still owned by Dynamo Kyiv of Ukraine. Goran is just on loan at West Bromwich Albion. However, Bolton is arguing that Popov is coming to them from West Brom which would meet the requirement to approve the transfer. Bolton and West Brom have continued their dialogue and both teams are optimistic that they will convince the English Football Association to approve the loan arrangement.
Bolton is looking for a left-back after an injury to Marc Tierney who suffered a broken leg back in October. Popov was identified as a short term solution since he is currently out of favor at West Brom. Popov has yet to be included in any matchday squad once Pepe Mel took over as West Brom manager in early January of this year.