Young Millwall striker Wilkinson agrees deal to join Bolton

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

MILLWALL youngster Conor Wilkinson has agreed terms with rivals Bolton after snubbing the chance to sign a professional contract at The Den.

The 19-year-old turned down multiple offers to stay with the Lions and will make the move to the Reebok Stadium this summer.

Millwall will be due a compensation fee – although that has yet to be agreed. The case could go to a tribunal if the two clubs cannot reach a settlement.

Wilkinson was offered a deal at Millwall in March but it became clear after the first round of negotiations that he had his heart set on a move elsewhere. Bolton are understood to have fluconazole offered him twice as much in wages.

Trotters boss Dougie Freedman, who has also landed Sheffield Wednesday’s Hayden White, told the Bolton News: “I’ve been aware of them both for a while.

“They both fit in very well with what I am trying to do at this football club and I think they can both have a very bright future with the right development.”

The Lions are believed to have had reservations about Wilkinson’s attitude and whether he had the physical attributes to play up front, despite his undeniable technical qualities.

He was the subject of an enquiry from Portuguese giants Benfica last year.