The centre-back, now a free agent, will speak with the newly-promoted League Two club today as he prepares to move away from the University of Bolton Stadium for the first time in eight-and-a-half years.
Wheater was reluctant to uproot his Bolton-based family and move to East Ayrshire, where Europa League football was on offer, but was on his way to discuss a contract in the SPL yesterday before a bid came in from Graham Alexander’s ambitious side.
It is understood Wanderers have not been able to give the 32-year-old any assurances on a contract for next season with the takeover still uncompleted.
The future of Harry Brockbank, however, may still be with Bolton.
The homegrown defender has been spotted at Wanderers’ training ground as he waits for news on ownership and player salaries.
Brockbank was told in May that while the club was in administration an extended deal could not currently be sanctioned – although his reappearance at Lostock has been widely viewed as a positive sign.
The Bolton News also understands that half a dozen Premier League and Championship clubs have also been in touch with the club to offer players the moment the ink is dry on Football Ventures’ takeover.
Although Phil Parkinson has only been able to call on half a dozen senior players since returning for pre-season a fortnight ago, work has been going on behind the scenes which should be able to boost numbers at short notice.
Regardless of how the situation runs this week it is likely a team of second and third-year scholars will travel to York City on Sunday, with only a handful of professional players.