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The Trotters manager says that the midfielder is "the kind of player I love" but that the Reds' asking price is so far too high to sign him permanently after last season's loan

Bolton are still trying to sign Liverpool's Jay Spearing, manager Dougie Freedman has revealed.

The midfielder made 39 appearances in all competitions during a loan spell at the Reebok Stadium last season after finding his first-team opportunities at Anfield limited.

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Freedman admitted earlier in July that a deal was unlikely to be concluded as Bolton could not match Liverpool's valuation of the 24-year-old and, while he concedes that negotiations are not going well, the former Crystal Palace boss remains keen to sign Spearing on a permanent basis.

"Jay Spearing is the kind of player I love," he said at a fans' forum event on Monday.

"At the moment, the asking price is too high but we're still trying to do a deal."

Freedman is keen to bolster his ranks ahead of the new Championship season after just missing out on the play-offs with a seventh-place finish last term.

He has already signed the likes of Jermaine Beckford and Alex Baptiste - from Leicester City and Blackpool, respectively - during the transfer window.

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