Bolton manager Sam Allardyce remains hopeful of signing Nicolas Anelka, although the he admits that the move ultimately rests with Fenerbahce.
Anelka wants to leave the Turkish side for Bolton but Allardyce remains cautious about the chances of a deal being agreed.
“We are interested in Nicolas but we’re in the hands of Fenerbahce,” he said. “We would like Nicolas and we’re flattered he would like to join us.
“But we can’t quite get the Fenerbahce president to put rubber-stamp it. We hope it will be done soon.”
Anelka says he has told Fenerbahce boss Zico he wants to leave.
“My wish is to return to the Premier League and it could materialise soon,” the 27-year-old told French sports newspaper L’Equipe.
“I have an agreement with Bolton on the basis of a four-year contract. I hope it will be finalised this week.”
Much-travelled Anelka made his name at Arsenal before he ade a £23m move to Real Madrid. However, after only one season in Spain he moved to Paris St Germain, and further spells followed at Liverpool and Manchester City before he arrived at Fenerbahce.