Cisse Confirms Bolton Interest

Last updated : 13 May 2004 By Mark Heys
Aliou Cisse
Birmingham City midfielder Aliou Cisse could be set to make a summer switch to Bolton Wanderers after falling out of favour at St Andrews.

The 27-year old tough tackling midfielder was signed by the Blues two years ago from Paris Saint Germain following their promotion to the Premiership and was an inspiring figure alongside the contraversial Robbie Savage in his first season with the Midlands club.

A good early start to his career with Steve Bruce's side was tarnished when a number of his family and friends where killed during the tragedy of last years Joola Ferry Disaster and upon his return to the first team he suffered a number of injuries which kept him sidelined for the latter part of the 2002-2003 campaign.

Senegalese national captain Cisse, who has also played for OSC Lille, Montpellier and Sedan in France is said to have been offered a deal to join the Wanderers in the summer having been placed on the transfer list by Blues manager Steve Bruce earlier on in the season following a breach of club discipline and now the player is resigned to leaving the Midlands.

"I have a proposition from Bolton and it is all now down to the manager. We have to work to find a solution because it is clear that my future is elsewhere.

Despite being out in the cold at Birmingham the player admits he does not feel any bitterness towards his employers and hopes his current situation can be sorted out as amicably as possible to enable him to make a move elsewhere. He has made just a handful of appearances this season but says the decision of the management is all part of parcel of football and is hopeful to agreeing a switch to Lancashire to link up with Bolton having been impressed with what the Trotters manager Sam Allardyce had to say.

"I am disappointed that I haven't played many games this season but I also understand that the manager has to make decisions. There is no anger, there is no need for anyone to make accusations. This is football, business, it is what happens. If it is my destiny that I should stay two years at Birmingham and then go somewhere else, then so be it. Sam Allardyce likes me and if the transfer can be agreed, I will go." he said