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Transfer Window: Who Should We Sign?

It's almost Jim White-time.....again

Michael Steele

The transfer window is almost upon us, and as usual it is a vital one for Bolton Wanderers and Dougie Freedman.

Wanderers find themselves in a disappointing lower to mid-table position. It has been a thoroughly disappointing season, from the bizarre arrangement of pre-season to the record-breaking ten game run without a victory that began the season.

Recent form has been an improvement, but let's face it - after the start we made it would have been an improvement just to draw a game.

I decided to take a look at five players who I think would improve Bolton Wanderers. I have tried to keep it relatively realistic because let's face it - we're not blessed with resources. The wheeling and dealing that Dougie had to do in order to bring in Andre Moritz and Jay Spearing will likely have emptied the coffers. The recent rumours surrounding the sale of David Ngog no doubt show that we are to experience sales as well as purchases.

1) Nahki Wells

A 23 year old Bermudan striker currently plying his trade at Bradford City. Came to prominence in Bradford's 2012 run to the League Cup Final, Wells is a talented and pacy young striker who has been linked with several clubs in higher divisions than Bradford. He has scored 14 goals in 16 games this season.

Wells is a fully-fledged Bermudan international.

Guesstimated fee: £1m

2) Leigh Griffiths

Griffiths is a 23 year old Scottish striker who has spent the last two seasons on loan at SPL side Hibernian before returning to parent club Wolverhampton Wanderers.

He scored freely in Scotland and has started the season off in good form in League One, topping Wolves' charts with 11 goals in 18 games.

Only trouble is that he appears to be a bit of a prick.

Guesstimated fee: £500,000

3) Harry Maguire

Sheffield born Maguire is a ball-playing centre half in the mould of ex-Wanderer Gary Cahill. At the age of 20 he has already made over 100 appearances for Sheffield United. He was also named as "Player of the Season" and "Young Player of the Season" by the club in 2011. The BBC's Match of The Day magazine selected Maguire in its League One Team of The Year for 2011-12. Maguire also made his England U21 debut in 2012.

United are struggling in League One, and would no doubt love to try his hand in the Championship

Guesstimated fee: £1m

4) Craig Dawson

A familiar name to Wanderers fans, Dawson spent 14 games on loan at the Reebok Stadium last season, scoring four goals. His arrival on loan in January prompted a mid-season spike in form which took Wanderers to the cusp of the Play Offs.

Dawson returned to West Brom with the intention of earning a spot in the first team, but still finds himself out the team. The sacking of former manager Steve Clarke has come at a bad time for Wanderers, as Dawson may well wish to hang on and see who comes in before deciding to leave the Hawthorns.

Guesstimated fee: £2m (loan more likely)

5) Wilfried Zaha

An ambitious one. Zaha was the star man and tormented Championship defences all year as part of Crystal Palace's successful promotion winning side last season.

His £10m move to Manchester United has stalled his career, and ballbag-faced misery guts David Moyes has been blathering on in the press about how he believes it would be good for Zaha's progress if he was to leave United on loan for half a season.

There would be a queue for Zaha's services as long as your arm, but we can dream, right? He would add creativity and a pedigree at this level, not to mention he wouldn't have to move house AND we have an excellent Nando's on Middlebrook.

I love the transfer window. It's well exciting. I think we'll change things around - we need to.

If you have any other suggestions leave them in the Comments below.