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Wolves report Bolton for 'tap-up'

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves have reported Bolton to the Football Association over an alleged illegal approach for academy player Mark Connolly.

The club claim the 17-year-old was subject to "unapproved communication" from the Trotters assistant boss Chris Evans before joining them.

Connolly signed on transfer deadline day, 1 September, for a reported £1m.

Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey said: "We cannot allow the events surrounding the departure to pass unchallenged."

He added: "We alleged that there has been a breach of the Premier League and FA rules in place to protect a club's academy programme, maintain player-contract stability and prevent illegal approaches.

"It is not an issue about money or the level of compensation we received for a player we did not want to leave. It is about the protection of the club's academy programme and its development of young players."


Connolly has represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level.

Evans joined the Trotters from Wolves as assistant boss in 2007, having run the Molineux club's youth programme for 17 years.

A Bolton spokesman said: "We are aware of the statement issued by Wolverhampton Wanderers but we have had no official contact from the Premier League or the Football Association, and have no comment to make."

The Trotters signed another Wolves academy graduate, Mark Davies, 21, in January.

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