Bolton plan bid for Middlesbrough defender Williams

Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle is pushing to land Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams in January.

Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle is pushing to land Middlesbrough defender Rhys Williams in January.

Coyle failed with a summer bid for the £3million-rated star, who is yet to agree an extension with 18 months left on his current contract.

Williams could be lured away if promotion-chasers Boro fail to reach the Premier League this season.

Coyle, who took Williams on loan at Burnley, is set to test the Teessiders' resolve with a fresh move in January.

Williams, 23, on international duty with Australia, said: "I'm happy to sign with Boro if the deal is right but, just now, it's not. Until it is, I'll sit on what I have.

"I've tried hard for the last three years to help get Boro back up — hopefully this season will be the one. If not, I will have a serious look around."

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