Bolton to let Tal leave
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Bolton have given midfielder Idan Tal permission to talk to Beitar Jerusalem.Bolton have given midfielder Idan Tal permission to talk to Beitar Jerusalem about a return to his homeland.
Tal was used largely as a substitute in his first season back in the Premier League with The Trotters and would likely be on the fringes again next term.
The 31-year-old is currently with the rest of Sammy Lee's squad in Austria, but will discuss a summer switch to Beitar in the next few days.
"We are in the process of giving permission to Beitar Jerusalem to speak to Idan Tal with a view to the Israeli club signing the player," said a Bolton spokesman on the club's official website.
The Israel international made 20 appearances for Bolton last season, with his only goal coming in the FA Cup tie with Doncaster.
Mikel Alonso could replace Tal at Bolton next term after his current club, Real Sociedad, confirmed the midfielder is heading for a trial with the Premier League club.
"Bolton Wanderers have shown an interest in acquiring Mikel Alonso," said a club statement.
"Real Sociedad have accepted the request made by the English club to allow Alonso to take part in the pre-season stage with Bolton in Austria.
"After that, Bolton will have to announce to Real Sociedad if they are definitely going to make an offer for the player."
Meanwhile, Phil Gartside has hit back at Sam Allardyce over his claims the Bolton chairman is "sad and bitter".
Gartside is disappointed new Newcastle boss Allardyce has gone back on an agreement that he would not poach members of the club's backroom team.
Lee is having to put together a new-look staff but those wanting to leave are not being let go without a fight.
"I'm trying to get people who wanted contracts with 12 months' notice to work their notice," Gartside is quoted in the Daily Mirror.
"If that makes me sad and bitter, then so be it. But people have gone and there was an agreement that he shouldn't take them with him.
"Far from making things difficult, we're finding it quite easy to replace them with better quality people. They will make us a much more professional outfit."