By Jonathan Davies

Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside is understood to be in Thailand for talks over a possible takeover deal.

Thai entertainment company BEC-Tero and Siam Sport Syndicate has previously been linked with a move to buy the club.

Recently, Bolton's owner Eddie Davies announced the the Championship club is in debt of £163.8m. But Phil Gartside has repeatedly played down the significance of the debt because the majority of it is owed to Davies, rather than an outside company or bank.

"I don't know about selling the club, but I know Phil Gartside is in Thailand to discuss a proposition from some Thai businessmen," Bolton manager Neil Lennon told BBC Radio Manchester.

"I've no idea what the ins and outs of it are, I'll know more when Phil comes back."

If a takeover deal were to be agreed, Bolton would become the latest English football club to come under foreign ownership and would be likely to cause some anger amongst fans.

Despite the growing number of foreign owners in the Premier League and Championship, they aren't always popular. Manchester United supporters protested against the Glazer family, who heaped hundreds of millions of dollars worth of debt on the club when they doubt it. Cardiff City fans have been embroiled in a battle with the club's owner Vincent Tan after he changed the club's colour from blue to red. And Hull City owner Assam Allam has come in for huge criticism for his plans to change the club's name to Hull Tigers.

"I don't know about selling the club, but I know Phil Gartside is in Thailand to discuss a proposition from some Thai businessmen," Bolton manager Neil Lennon told BBC Radio Manchester.
"I've no idea what the ins and outs of it are, I'll know more when Phil comes back."