News From Manchester: Midfielder previously linked with Bolton Wanderers & attracting Championship clubs offered new deal

Bolton Wanderers were linked with a move in January for the Dons midfielder, who is out of contract this summer at Plough Lane. The London club have been relegated and will be in League Two next season.

Wanderers ultimately did not go for Hartigan's services in the previous transfer window. Reinforcements in central midfield were instead obtained from Rochdale in the form of Aaron Morley and Kyle Dempsey from Gillingham.

Speaking before the January transfer window, Ian Evatt said: “In terms of Anthony, hes not on our radar at the moment. Weve got lots of options, lots of targets and were working our way through.

“Some are achievable, some arent were just doing the best we can. We have some strong players on the list, some good options, and well do our best to make sure we get them in.”

The Wanderers boss has praised Hartigan, however, and said before the club's home clash in February as a 'really talented' player. Evatt included Ayoub Assal and Jack Rudoni, the latter of whom is being released, as in that bracket too.

AFC Wimbledon, who have recently appointed Johnnie Jackson as the club's new boss, have now released their retained list. Hartigan is among several players the Plough Lane side have offered fresh terms to and are having discussions with.

Reports from earlier this month suggested Blackpool and Preston North End are tracking AFC Wimbledon midfielder. New Championship side Rotherham United were also mentioned as having an interest in the 22-year-old.

Hartigan has made 152 first team appearances for the Wombles and turned out 42 times this campaign, and started the 3-3 draw at Plough Lane in August in Bolton's second game of the 2021/22 League One campaign.

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