Trotters eye more Spanish gems
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Premiership outfit have already successfully mined the Spanish market for midfield star Ivan Campo - and have also brought in Salva - last term - and Javi Moreno this time around on loan deals.
The Wanderers spy remained coy over which players in particular he was watching, but it is understood that Malaga's Miguel Angel and Josemi, along with Depor's Cesar were his principal targets.
"Spanish football can export excellent players to the English league, and we were one of the first clubs to take advantage when we brought in Ivan Campo," Duffy told skysports.com.
Miguel Angel (pictured) is a defensive midfielder who Aston Villa were believed to be watching earlier in the season.
The 25-year-old joined Malaga in the summer of 2001 from Levante and has enjoyed a consistent campaign having played in 30 of the club's 34 league games this season.
Josemi, a full back, is renowned for his gritty defensive qualities and his aggressive style has landed him with no fewer than 12 bookings so far this term.
The 24-year-old has, however, established himself as one of the best right-sided defenders in La Liga over the past couple of seasons.
Both players completed the full 90 minutes in Saturday's 1-1 draw with the UEFA Champions League semi-finalists, while Depor centre back Cesar lasted 75.
The Spanish international has been in and out of the Galicians' first team this season after facing stiff competition from Nourredine Naybet and Jorge Andrade for the two central defensive berths.
The former Oviedo and Spain Under-21 captain is highly-rated at the Riazor and it would be a surprise if Deportivo were ready to consider offers for him.
However, Malaga still operate under restrictive financial constraints and would be forced to listen substantial offers for their players, so Bolton may well choose to step up their interest if Duffy returns favourable reports of the duo in question.