Borgetti back with Bolton
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Jared Borgetti's move to Al Ittihad has stalled after the Bolton Wanderers striker failed to agree personal terms with the Saudi Arabian side.
Borgetti looked set to leave The Trotters after a frustrating season spent largely on the bench, but Mexico's record all-time goalscorer has now rejoined his team-mates for a pre-season tour to Spain after failing to reach an agreement with his Middle Eastern suitors.
The striker had also been linked with Spanish side Racing Santander but Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed, for the time being at least, that Borgetti still remains the property of The Trotters.
"Jared is still our player," Allardyce told the club's official website.
"Personal terms have not been reached with Borgetti and the Saudis and for that reason the deal has stalled for the time being."
Bolton's pre-season has been a testing time with a number of injuries hindering their preparations ahead of the new season, and Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye has been the latest name to pick up a problem.
The Senegal international injured his knee in training and has returned to England as a result, with Allardyce bemoaning a proliferation of fitness problems in his squad.
"With the injury to Abdoulaye Faye and with a number of first teamers staying back in Bolton recovering from injuries, we are running out of bodies," Allardyce added.
"Jared will be coming out to Spain, along with academy players Mark Charlesworth and Robert Sissons, to train and take some part in the tournament.
"We are running out of numbers and I can't remember a pre-season like it.
"With three games this week there will be a lot of responsibility on the fit players to dig deep and help out."
Greek winger Stelios Giannakopoulos is also struggling with a thigh problem, but should be fine to play in the friendly against AZ Alkmaar on Saturday.