Max Clayton: Bolton Wanderers sign Crewe Alexandra striker

Max Clayton
Max Clayton featured in pre-season for Premier League side Sunderland

Bolton Wanderers have signed Max Clayton on a three-year contract after agreeing compensation with Crewe.

The 20-year-old striker rejected a new contract with the Alex in the summer and trained with Sunderland and Wolves, as well as Championship club Bolton.

After coming through the academy at Crewe, BBC Radio Stoke reports they could receive a fee of around £300,000.

Clayton, who was born in Crewe, scored 16 goals in 92 appearances for his hometown club.

Max Clayton
Born: August 1994, Crewe
Debut: April 2011 v Morecambe (sub)
First goal: October 2011, scores winner in Football League Trophy tie v Macclesfield on full debut
Honours: League Two play-off final winner 2011-2012; Football League Trophy winner 2012-13, scoring Crewe's second goal in their 2-0 win over Southend at Wembley

The England Under-20 international did not feature for Crewe after breaking his ankle last November, with manager Steve Davis deciding against using his for the final months of the season as they battled relegation despite his return to fitness.

With the move to Bolton rumoured to be close earlier this week, Davis said he thinks the move to the Championship can help Clayton's career after not having the impact he wanted in League One.

Clayton is eligible for Saturday's game against Wolves at Molineux.