By Wayne Veysey

25th Jun, 2021 | 11:44am

Sources: Bolton Wanderers open talks to sign Bakayoko after Coventry City exit

Bolton Wanderers have opened talks to sign Amadou Bakayoko after his Coventry City exit, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Championship club announced in May that they were letting the forward, 25, go when his deal expires at the end of June.

A Bolton source has told Football Insider the club have swooped for Bakoyoko as they look to win the race for his signature.

The centre-forward is eager to get his future sorted in the coming weeks.

Bakayoko was one of seven players released by the Sky Blues as they prepare for another season in the second-tier.

He leaves the Sky Blues after what he described as “three unforgettable years.”

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Bakayoko was part of the side that were crowned League One champions at the end of the truncated 2019-20 campaign.

He netted four times in 23 appearances in that season and 12 times in 85 matches for Coventry in total.

But he found minutes harder to come by in the Championship in 2020-21 and made just two starts among 14 appearances.

Bakayoko began his career at then-League One Walsall where he would find the net 18 times in 106 matches.

After non-league loan spells with Southport, Telford and Worcester City, the Sierra Leone born forward was snapped up by Coventry in August 2018.

Bolton Wanderers have made a frenzied start to the summer transfer window after promotion from League Two last season.

Oladapo Afolayan and Declan John signed permanently after spending the previous campaign on loan at the North West club.

Manager Ian Evatt has also recruited centre-back George Johnston and midfielder Josh Sheehan from Feyenoord and Newport County respectively.

In other news, Coventry City star undergoes medical ahead of switch to League One side.