PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 10: Sebastien Le Toux #9 of the Philadelphia Union celebrates his goal on Troy Perkins #23 of D.C. United on April 10, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
It's been less than 24 hours, but Sebastien Le Toux shouldn't get comfortable after returning to Philadelphia, according to an English soccer reporter.
Alan Nixon, a Mirror Football writer, has tweeted multiple times today concerning Le Toux's possible transfer to Bolton Wanderers of the English Premier League. The 28-year-old striker was on trial for about a week with Bolton before announcing over Twitter that he had flown back to Philadelphia today.
A transfer of Le Toux from the Philadelphia Union to Bolton is "imminent," Nixon told an inquiring Wanderers fan. Nixon later followed up with another tweet, revealing that the two sides only had to "[do] the math" on a permanent transfer.
Le Toux has come up as a player that could potentially be one of four or five transfers during the remainder of the January international transfer window. Nixon has linked Le Toux to a series of moves by Bolton that would preferably revolve around the purchase of Mexican international winger Giovanni dos Santos from Tottenham Hotspur.
Though it appears that Le Toux is Bolton's top option in their attempt to fix a woeful strike force, including the out-of-form Kevin Davies, the Wanderers have also been connected to Ismaël Bangoura, a Guinean international striker. It's an "either or" situation between Le Toux and Bangoura, Nixon commented over Twitter, but Le Toux has the lead.
At today's All-Star Game announcement, in Philadelphia's City Hall, the Union's leadership would not comment directly on Le Toux or a transfer, but instead talked about how the team would go about handling such a sale.
"If we can give a player an opportunity like this and capitalize from it and reinvest that money into the team to get better, we'll do that," Union Managing Partner, CEO and President Nick Sakiewicz said to Dave Zeitlin of MLSsoccer.com.
Union head coach Piotr Nowak also seemed to be prepared for a permanent transfer of a key player, providing some insight on the situation from a career that involved a move to former German Bundesliga side 1860 Munich.
"I think for every player, regardless of their age, if an opportunity like that presents itself, then you've got to grab it by the horns," Nowak said to Zeitlin. "We'll see what happens next but that's the story right now."
Rumors have placed Le Toux's transfer to Bolton at between 1 and 2.5 million pounds, with the latter being the value of Tim Ream's, the New York Red Bulls' USMNT international center back, move to the Wanderers.