Report: Portsmouth set to sign Shrewsbury right-back James Bolton

Shrewsbury right-back James Bolton is reportedly poised to move to Pompey on a free transfer.

Thursday, 6th June 2019, 12:22 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th June 2019, 12:56 pm
James Bolton, right, is reportedly poised to move to Pompey.


According to the Shropshire Star, the out-of-contract defender is closing in on a switch to Fratton Park.

Bolton moved to the Shrews from Gateshead in 2017. 

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James Bolton, right, is reportedly poised to move to Pompey.

He made 85 appearances over two season and helped them reach the League One play-off final during his first campaign at New Meadow. 

Bolton also netted the winner in Shrewsbury’s 1-0 victory over Kenny Jackett’s side in January 2018. 

Salop boss Sam Ricketts wanted to keep the 24-year-old – but he looks set for a move to PO4.

Bolton could be arriving as Nathan Thompson’s Pompey replacement. 

The tough-tackling defender is out of contract at the end of the month and has yet to sign a new deal.

Bolton would become the Blues’ third signing from Shrewsbury within 12 months.

Goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray joined on a free transfer last summer, while Bryn Morris moved to the south coast for an undisclosed fee in January.