Narducci writes further, “Another MLS source said that the selling of Le Toux was not a done deal, and that the Union don’t want to see Le Toux go because of his productivity and popularity.”
Marc Narducci reports that Peter Nowak responded to the Le Toux news by text. “Team policy is we don’t comment or discuss on anything that is not certain. We know Sebastien Le Toux is in England, we granted him permission to go, but he is still our player and there is nothing to comment on.”
The BBC reports, “Bolton manager Owen Coyle has confirmed striker Sebastian Le Toux has joined the club for a week’s training.
The Daily Mail reports, “Owen Coyle has launched another raid on America’s Major League Soccer after lining up a cut-price move for Philadelphia Union striker Sebastien Le Toux.”
Bolton manager Owen Coyle confirms Sebastien Le Toux is trialing with the Premiership club. “We have received good reports about Sebastian, so we thought we would give him an opportunity to come into the group,” Coyle told the Daily Mirror. “He will train with us for a week and we will see where we are after that.”
Kerith Gabriel reports, “A team source said as of now only preliminary discussions are in the works with no official offer.” He then offers this speculation: “Could there be a connection between the news of Le Toux’s potential move and the release of four players and the acquisition of a potential giant?”]
Fox Soccer is reporting that Union striker/top scorer/face-of-the-franchise/fan-favorite Sebastien Le Toux began training with the English Premier League’s Bolton Wanderers ahead of a transfer that will be completed by the end of the week.
As of 12:40 p.m., no sources have confirmed the Fox report. The Union have officially responded to inquiries on the transfer rumor by saying, “At this time, we have no comment.”
On Tuesday evening, Le Toux tweeted, “On a jet plane to England.” Since he has a European Union passport, Le Toux can leap right in and help Bolton immediately. Their current stable of strikers is led by Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic, with Liverpool reject David Ngog deputizing. In short, Le Toux should have every opportunity to earn playing time.
Bolton tends to play a long ball game, so they will be looking for a striker who can make runs in behind a defense, shoot first, and ask questions later. While he doesn’t have an all-world shot, Le Toux can make all-world runs. His work rate will translate well to the pace of the English game.
And while this appears to be sad news for Union fans, we all know that if any Union player has earned the right to test his game in one of the world’s best leagues, it is Sebastien Le Toux. Unprotected by Seattle, uncertain where he would play each night in Philly, unwavering in his love of the game and this city, Sebastien Le Toux has earned our well wishes if he moves on to bigger things.
More on this as it develops.