Date: 15th January 2019 at 10:14am
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EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Manchester City attacker Luke Bolton has signed a new three-and-a-half year deal at the Etihad and will go out on loan before the close of the transfer window, Football Insider understands.

City feel a loan move is the next stage in Bolton’s development so that he can valuable first-team experience under his belt before returning to challenge for a spot in the City first-team squad next season.

A well-placed source has told Football Insider that number of Football League clubs have enquired about taking Bolton on loan and City manager Pep Guardiola has given the green light for him to exit later this month.

Bolton has come through the ranks at City and he is highly-regarded within the corridors of power at the Etihad Stadium.

The versatile forward has yet to make his first-team debut for Pep Guardiola’s side, but he is regular in the club’s Under-23s side.

The pacy winger has impressed for City’s Under-21s this season in the Checkatrade Trophy, scoring in last week’s win over Rochdale to set up a quarter-final tie with Sunderland.

Bolton, who has represented England at various youth levels, helped England win the prestigious Toulon tournament in the summer of 2017.