BOLTON, England – Bolton Wanderers manager Sam Allardyce confirmed Thursday that the English premier league club is interested in obtaining the services of Japan midfielder Shinji Ono from Dutch club Feyenoord.
Allardyce said Bolton hopes to have Ono move to the club in January, adding that it would be difficult for him to get playing time right away since he is still rehabilitating from surgery done on his right toe in October.
“He’s definitely on our wish list,” Allardyce said.
According to earlier media reports, Ono, who is also being chased by Urawa Reds, will visit the English premier league club of Japan teammate Hidetoshi Nakata with his agent during the Dutch league’s winter break.
Feyenoord received an offer from Bolton for the injury-prone Ono in August but negotiations broke down.
Feyenoord has accepted a bid from Urawa 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 was unhappy with Feyenoord for not consulting him on the move back to Japan, which the club announced on their official Web site earlier this month.
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.
But his career has been plagued by a series of injuries, most recently a stress fracture in his foot in June and the toe injury. Ono has not appeared in a competitive match since undergoing surgery on his right toe that month but was on the bench for Feyenoord’s 2-0 league win over AZ Alkmaar on Monday.
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