Former Watford owner Laurence Bassini has claimed he personally gave Bolton Wanderers money after the sale of Marvin Sordell.

The forward left Vicarage Road for Bolton in 2012 for a fee of around £3million, while Bassini was the Hornets' owner.

However, Bassini is now trying to launch a takeover bid for Bolton and claims he is being blocked by Wanderers' administrators in his attempts.

While talking to supporters at a meeting outside the University of Bolton Stadium on Monday evening, the former Watford owner claimed Bolton were overcharged when signing

Sordell from Watford in 2012 and that he personally refunded Wanderers several hundred thousand pounds.

According to Bolton Wanderers fanzine, Burnden Aces, he also told Bolton fans he "loved the club as much as they did."

The meeting took place after Bassini issued an open invitation for supporters to talk to him, claiming that they were being fed lies through the local media.

He reportedly arrived 45 minutes late to address the supporters, carrying paperwork that he claimed proves he has the necessary funds for a takeover.

Bassini recently told the Jewish Telegraph: "They [Bolton fans] have been hoodwinked. They have been told things that are not true and they deserve better than that.

"I have tried but I am being blocked at every avenue. My intentions are only good for this club and for the future of this club before it ends up going down into liquidation.

"The EFL, in due course, will have a lot to answer for when I produce what I'm going to produce - and they know this."