Trotters fail in double Italian swoop
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Trotters boss Sam Allardyce moved for the pair in a bid to boost his defensive options.
Allardyce had hoped to bring in a couple of new defenders to compensate for the loss of Gudni Bergsson and Mike Whitlow, who could miss the rest of the season through injury.
Colin Hendry is still struggling with injury, leaving Bruno N'Gotty as the only recognised central defender at The Reebok Stadium.
Allardyce moved for Roma's Brazilian defender Zago and Lazio ace Mihajlovic as they both currently out of the first-team picture at their clubs.
Zago is out of contract at the end of the season and Roma have admitted defeat in trying to keep him at Stadio Olimpico.
Mihajlovic is looking to leave Lazio after coming in for some abuse from angry fans recently, but Allardyce had admitted that due to unforeseen circumstances the moves were thwarted.
Roma are unwilling to let Zago leave as they are currently experiencing a defensive injury crisis and Mihajlovic is still in Brazil after representing his country in a friendly against the four-time World champions.
"We tried to bring in Zago from Roma and unfortunately with their injury problems chopped the deal this morning," Allardyce told the club's official website. "We also tried for Mihajlovic, but unfortunately he's in Brazil and we can't get him back in time.
"They were all set up as loan deals two days ago but haven't materialised and those type of players would have been very encouraging for us."
The news means that Bolton will have to struggle on with Paul Warhurst as an emergency central defender for the rest of the season.