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Bolton manager Coyle confirms his interest in Aston Villa outcast

Bolton Wanderers are interested in Stephen Warnock.

The fullback, who was part of Fabio Capello’s England squad for the World Cup Finals just two years ago, is well down the pecking order for a place in the Aston Villa side. Indeed, Paul Lambert has yet to select him since succeeding Alex McLeish as manager.

Warnock was a target for Bolton during the summer window, and they are expected to make a fresh approach for his signature in a loan deal. And this looks even more likely now Owen Coyle, the manager of the Championship club, has confirmed his interest.

"Stephen Warnock is a player I've always liked, I've got to say that," he said. "We tried to do something before the deadline with him and it never materialised. I don't know if that's been regurgitated or whatever. There's no doubt he's a very good player and a good lad.

"But, again, if we're doing anything as regards loan market, finances will dictate everything we're trying to do. The loan market is an avenue that's open to us and it's something we always look at. But I think it would be wrong to say we're close to signing any individual.”

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