Bolton Wanderers set to reopen talks with Leicester City's Matt Mills
Tomorrow could be D-Day in the deal to take Leicester City's Matt Mills to Bolton Wanderers.
Mills was set to join the Trotters on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent transfer but, as reported in the Mercury on Tuesday, the deal stalled, believed to be over a payment between City and Mills.
Talks will reopen tomorrow and Bolton certainly have not given up on the 25-year-old defender.
They are still keen to see the deal through, and are said to be confident of completing the move.
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However, if a compromise cannot be reached, they may run out of patience and look at alternative targets.
Scottish champions Celtic are waiting in the wings over the outcome – and if the deal flounders then they may decide to re-enter the race for the defender, having already had an offer of a swap deal involving Kelvin Wilson rejected.
The deal that will take Mills to Bolton is believed to be worth £2million, paid in two instalments at the start and end of the loan period.
City are keen to off-load Mills, who has fallen out of favour under manager Nigel Pearson and has not featured in the first team since February.
There seems to be no future at City for Mills, who did not train with the first team towards the end of the season, and who was missing from Tuesday's fitness testing sessions.
Having sold centre-back Sol Bamba to Turkish side Trabzonspor, City are expected to launch a bid for Hull's James Chester once Mills is off the books.
Lee Peltier's move to Leeds for £350,000 should go through once the buy-out at Elland Road is completed.
Leeds have confirmed they have entered into 'a period of exclusivity', meaning they are in advanced talks with one party and cannot negotiate with another.
That would suggest they are close to confirming the buy-out by a mystery consortium and manager Neil Warnock will be handed funds.
Warnock is hoping to complete deals for right-back Peltier and goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, having already signed Jason Pearce from Portsmouth for £500,000, plus Norwich left-back Adam Drury and Derby midfielder Paul Green on free transfers.
City will not be featured in the first round of live games to be shown on Sky TV.
Sky have announced 75 Football League games will be shown on the channel throughout the season, starting with Cardiff versus Championship new boys Huddersfield on Friday, August 17.
The other games announced are:
Sat Aug 18: Leeds v Wolves (12.45pm); Fri Aug 24: Bolton v Nottingham Forest (7.45pm); Sun Sep 9: Coventry v Stevenage (1.15pm); Sun Sep 9: Crawley v Portsmouth (3.30pm); Fri Sep 14: Charlton v Crystal Palace (7.45pm); Fri Sep 21: Blackburn v Middlesbrough (7.45pm); Fri Oct 19: Sheffield Weds v Leeds (7.45pm).