"It's fair to say we're always going to be linked with players in that area, because we've said that's the type of player we're looking for.
"Jay Spearing's a wonderfully talented young player, but he's a Liverpool player and it's not for me to comment on anybody's players."
That's what Owen Coyle said when asked about 23-year-old Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing. Bolton are very much in the market for a new defensive midfielder, especially after the performance away at Burnley last weekend. Essentially, Bolton Wanderers really miss the play of Fabrice Muamba, Nigel Reo-Coker, and Stuart Holden.
Bolton have been linked with Spearing for a couple of days now and Owen Coyle has said that "Jay Spearing is a fantastic young player, there is no doubt about that." Spearing has made 30 appearances for Liverpool since making his first team debut in 2008. He also spent part of the 2010/2011 season on loan to Leicester City.
It will be interesting though to see if Liverpool will let him go to Owen Coyle's finishing school, one that has not yet had a student from Liverpool. Speaking prior to Liverpool's preseason US trip, manager Brendan Rodgers said of Spearing:
"He's a player who has come through the system here, and I've known him since he was a young player, he has great qualities, and a player who has the soul of the club in his heart."
Speaking further on the situation to the Bolton News, Owen Coyle said of the squad:
"I think we have been linked with a lot of players.
"I think it's people putting two and two together because it's a position we have said we would love to strengthen.
"The pursuit of that type of player is ongoing.
"It would be remiss of me to mention individual names.
"If we can get the right type of player we want in, we will certainly look to add to the squad we have.
"The squad we have is a young, progressive squad.
"We probably don't have that defensive type of midfielder at present who can break up play and build it for ourselves.
"But we still have another couple to come back at some point in David Wheater and Stuart Holden and I think that gives us a very competitive squad."