Date: 20th December 2012 at 6:20pm
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Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has said Bolton will gladly look at an extended deal on Stephen Warnock’s loan, if the player wants it.

There’s been a fair bit of speculation about our out of favour left back today, with some outlet’s claiming a deal had been done that would kick in on January 1st, others saying there was still a dispute (but there had been movement) on the percentage of the wage we wanted Bolton to pay, but now we have something official from Bolton’s Website.

Freedman said of the player:

‘The ball is firmly in Stephen’s court and if he expresses any interest in staying then we will certainly look at it. Until that time we are kind of snookered. He is a loaned player and he will go back to Villa after Saturday.’

Since joining the club on loan Warnock has made 14 appearances, and Freedman has been pleased with his input:

‘Stephen has don fantastically well for us, we feel that in and around the place and we would like to look at that situation of Stephen would. He needs to be comfortable with his decision, see if he has enjoyed it and he will go away and think about it over the next couple of weeks. If he tells us that it’s all positive then we will go to the board and try to explain why we should do something.’

Hardly sounds as clear cut as other reports suggested, but if Warnock has the chance to continue playing football I really don’t imagine he’d want to return to us and resume training with the U21’s would he.

It’s in the best interests of all parties for him to move on.

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