LONDON – Bolton Wanderers have failed to acquire the services of Japan midfielder Shinji Ono from Dutch club Feyenoord, a spokesman for the English premier league indicated Thursday.
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce had held talks with Ono’s agent but no progress has been made, the spokesman said.
Allardyce was quoted as indicating Ono will likely return to Japan.
Feyenoord had accepted a bid from Urawa Reds to regain Ono’s services but the 26-year-old has been stalling the J. League club as he is keen to continue playing in Europe.
Ono joined Urawa from Shimizu Shogyo high school in 1998 and played in the World Cup finals in France that year as an 18-year-old.
He was transferred to Feyenoord in the summer of 2001, helping them win the UEFA Cup in his first season, and made his second World Cup appearance in the 2002 tournament co-hosted by Japan and South Korea.