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Sam Allardyce believes Bolton represents the perfect club for Liverpool misfit El Hadji Diouf to resurrect his career.
The 10million Senegal international striker was described by former manager Gerard Houllier as his most expensive mistake during his reign, and new boss Rafael Benitez has since made it clear to Diouf he does not have a future at Anfield.
Diouf was excluded from Liverpool's recent tour to north America in order to try to find himself a new club, but most significantly was not given a squad number ahead of the new Barclays Premiership campaign.
Real Sociedad were understood to be interested in the 23-year-old, but Allardyce needs pace up front and a transfer to Bolton would give Diouf the opportunity to continue playing in the Premiership.
Bolton have been warned they face competition for El Hadji Diouf.
Diouf has impressed on loan at Bolton from Liverpool and The Trotters are keen to make his stay permanent in the summer.
However, Bolton have expressed their worry that they may not be able to afford Diouf on a permanent basis with Liverpool believed to be looking for in the region of £4 million for the Senegal star.
El Hadji Diouf's agent has revealed the player is keen to turn his loan move to Bolton Wanderers in a permanent arrangement.
The Senegal international has just finished a successful year-long loan at Bolton from Liverpool.
It seems Liverpool are willing to let the forward leave and Bolton have expressed an interest in keeping him at The Reebok Stadium.
Bolton say they are closing in on the permanent signing of El Hadji Diouf from Liverpool.
The Trotters have had the African striker on loan at The Reebok all season and are keen to sign him on a permanent basis.
The £11 million man was a flop during his time at Anfield but has looked a lot more of a threat whilst on loan with Sam Allardyce's men.