Bolton Wanderers have turned down the opportunity to sign Hibernians prospect Joseph Mbong

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 15:48

Regarded as one of the top talents in Malta, the striker underwent trials with The Trotters throughout last week.

But he has not been offered a deal after failing to agree terms with the English Championship side, according to his representative.

“Bolton decided against offering Joseph a contract. They continuously assured us that Joseph was better than any player they had in the youth side,” George Williams, CEO of New Breed Sports Management, told

“The amount of money they would have had to pay for him was the big factor in them deciding against it.

“Joseph will probably train with Italian side Catania over the next couple of weeks and we are also assessing some other options we have for him.”

Apart from the Italian interest, this website earlier reported that an unnamed Dutch club were mulling over offering the teenager a contract.

The 17-year-old is tied to Hibernians until the summer of 2015.

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