Crystal Palace have given manager Dougie Freedman permission to speak to Bolton.

The club originally rejected Wanderers' approach for the 38-year-old after permission was sought on Monday morning. But the Eagles have now confirmed Freedman would be allowed to meet with the Bolton board.

A statement on their website, www.cpfc.co.uk, read: "Following further discussions throughout the day, Crystal Palace Football Club can confirm that permission has been granted for Dougie Freedman to speak to Bolton Wanderers regarding their vacant managerial position."

Former Palace striker Freedman was named manager on a permanent basis in January 2011 and has led the Eagles to a League Cup semi-final last season and up to fourth in the nPower Championship this campaign.