Bolton Wanderers: Laurence Bassini to meet EFL, Brentford game will not be played this week
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Laurence Bassini is hoping to acquire Bolton Wanderers from current owner Ken Anderson
Bolton have said Laurence Bassini's takeover will be off if the English Football League is not satisfied with his funding proposal on Tuesday.
Bassini is set to meet EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey as he waits for them to approve his deal for Wanderers.
A club statement said "negotiations will cease" if the EFL is "not satisfied with the proposed funding structure presented by Bassini".
The EFL confirmed Bolton's game with Brentford will not go ahead this week.
That fixture was postponed on Saturday after Bolton's players went on strike over unpaid wages for March and April.
Former Watford owner Bassini's intended purchase was originally announced on 17 April, but Anderson released a statement on Saturday saying if Bassini did not provide proof of funds by Monday, he would explore other options.
However, that deadline has been extended to allow for Bassini's meeting with Harvey.
The club statement added: "All parties are working for the best outcome for the football club and its supporters and everyone's efforts are focused on a successful conclusion."
Bolton-Brentford will not be played this week - EFLA new date has yet to be set for Bolton's postponed fixture against Brentford.
The regular Championship season is scheduled to conclude on Sunday, when Bolton are set to visit Nottingham Forest.
EFL regulations do allow for regular-season matches to be played up to four days after that date.
BBC Sport understands Bassini is confident he can complete the deal and is determined the Brentford fixture will be fulfilled, even if they have to field a team made up of the club's younger players.
An EFL statement said: "The EFL Board will now determine on Thursday, 2 May as to what arrangements are to be put in place in regards to the fixture and Bolton Wanderers will be instructed accordingly.
"The EFL reserves its position in relation to the club not making the arrangements to play the game at the earliest opportunity and this matter will be brought to the attention of the Independent Disciplinary Commission the club has been referred to at the appropriate time."
In addition to outstanding wage payments to players and coaching staff, BBC Radio Manchester has also learned matchday and club staff have yet to be paid their April wages, which were due on Tuesday.
The club's most senior executive, consultant Paul Aldridge, has cleared his personal belongings out of the offices he has been using, although he is still employed by them.
Bolton are due in the High Court on 8 May to answer a £1.2m winding-up petition against them by HM Revenue and Customs. The case has been adjourned twice.
Official Statement From the Club Posted on the BWFC Website
Further to the club statement made on the Saturday 27 April 2019 both Ken Anderson and Laurence Bassini, and their respective advisors, have held further dialogue.
All parties are working for the best outcome for the football club and its supporters and everyone’s efforts are focussed on a successful conclusion.
Following the arrangement for Mr Bassini to meet with Shaun Harvey this evening, it has been agreed that the previous deadline for conclusion set as the close of business Monday has been extended to allow these discussions to take place.
All parties have agreed that in the event of the EFL not being satisfied with the proposed funding structure presented by Mr Bassini then negotiations will cease with immediate effect and Mr Bassini will withdraw his interest in the club.
No further statement will be made by either party prior to the mutual deadline set for conclusion of the matter.