• Bolton must pay Liverpool £100,000 if Jay Spearing plays another game
  • Clause in midfielder’s transfer dictates fee to be paid after 23 appearances
  • Manager Neil Lennon found out about clause 24 hours before last match
  • Spearing was left out of the 2-1 defeat by Preston and is now ‘in limbo’
  • Liverpool have refused to defer the fee after Bolton asked extra time
  • Bolton can’t afford to pay the fee due to their current financial difficulties 

Simon Jones for MailOnline

Jay Spearing has been left in limbo at Bolton Wanderers over a £100,000 payment owed to former club Liverpool.

Manager Neil Lennon was forced to drop the midfielder for Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat against Preston North End after a request to defer the payment was turned down by the Premier League club.

The Championship strugglers are due to pay Liverpool £100,000 when he makes his 23rd league appearance of the season and he has already made 22.

Jay Spearing is unlikely to play for Bolton again this season as his next appearance will cost them £100,000

Jay Spearing is unlikely to play for Bolton again this season as his next appearance will cost them £100,000

The midfielder (centre) was left out of Bolton's 2-1 defeat by Preston as the club can't afford to pay Liverpool

The midfielder (centre) was left out of Bolton’s 2-1 defeat by Preston as the club can’t afford to pay Liverpool

Lennon insists he was only made aware of the clause in midweek and was planning to pick Spearing up until 24 hours before kick-off

‘We had to leave Jay out because we can’t afford to pay money to Liverpool, Lennon said.

‘We did ask if they would defer it but they said no, and that’s fine, it’s their prerogative.

‘If he plays another game we have to pay a certain amount of money to them but we can’t afford that right now.

‘That leaves him in limbo, a difficult position. And that is hard to take as well because I think we missed him against Preston.’

Bolton boss Neil Lennon only found out about the clause 24 hours before the game on Saturday

Bolton boss Neil Lennon only found out about the clause 24 hours before the game on Saturday

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