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No loan luck for Dougie Freedman

Charlie Crowhurst

Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman is keen to strengthen his squad's attacking options with just eight days left in the current Football League loan window. The Trotters have a number of options at the back, especially in the center of defense, and are doing alright in the middle of the park with choices aplenty for the boss to pick from. Where Bolton need help is in the attack and out wide. The men in white have scored one goal or less in six of their last eight games.

The club has not had much going their way in terms of players coming in with the Kerim Frei approach rejected and the Bolton News confirming the same with Liverpool's Raheem Sterling. A few options remain with not much over a week to go in the window but Dougie Freedman has insisted that he will not bring players in for the sake of bringing them in.

Bolton have brought in three different loan signings under Freedman in Steve De Ridder, Craig Dawson, and Jacob Butterfield, with mixed results (albeit with minimal risk) from the three. Dawson has been immense at the back (and on attack) while De Ridder and Butterfield had not been able to affect much going forward.

Speaking to the Bolton News, Freedman made his intentions clear:

"Whether you think I'm right or wrong, I'm not one for making signings just to gee up the fans and see yourself up on Sky Sports. What I like to do is bring in signings to try and paint a picture so that fans know where we are trying to go.

"It's very difficult at this stage to get good players but we are trying. We are very close but when will these Premier League boys let them out? I don't know yet, so we'll just have to keep working on it."

There are rumors still going around about potential loan options with the BN saying that Freedman would be willing to take on Liverpool's Suso or Jonjo Shelvey, both more central midfielders despite Suso having played out wide in the past. Manchester City's Scott Sinclair is another name thrown around but there hasn't been much weight behind that rumor as of yet.

Freedman believes that a new player in would help relieve some of the pressure on the squad, saying:

"It won't be the end of the world (if the club do not make a signing) because we have got a very good squad. You just need a little bit of help at times.

"Chungy has played a lot of games, Eagles has done the same, and David [Ngog]. I think if they could get that bit of rest - even start a game and come off after 70 minutes it would make a big difference."