Bolton Wanderers' 2012/13 season is not yet over but the manager has confirmed that he will be adding to the squad and doing it soon. Speaking at his pre-Blackpool match press conference (via Eurosport), Dougie Freedman made mention of some moves:
"We will be signing two players by the end of this month no matter what division we're in and there's another three that are on the sheet that the chairman's aware of.
"That may make one or two people move on but that's life in football, that's the way it goes.
"No matter what, I sign a certain type of player with a certain DNA. It doesn't matter what division we're in, I know what players we're going to go after.
"It's not about spending the biggest money, it's about getting the right targets. I have planned for that and I think it's always crucial to do that.
"I think I'd like to balance the squad up a little bit. With the amount of centre-halves we've got and centre-midfielders we have I just need to balance it up in the wider areas and that's what we're going to do.
Freedman will look to place his stamp on the team in the next window, having inherited the vast majority of the club from his predecessors. Dougie has already added two players on permanent deals in Craig Davies and Medo Kamara. Both of those players came on relatively small fees and have already proved their worth.
The Trotters are likely resigned to losing Marcos Alonso in the summer window with his contract running out. Fiorentina had sensed the blood in the water during the window and began circling the scene long ago.
Additionally, Stu Holden's contract extension "is all but done" but pen has not been put to paper yet. At least not officially, anyway. Bolton are also likely to lose out on youngsters that have failed to make first team impacts. Young Alex McQuade was one of the first casualties in that respect but he will be signing for Shrewsbury Town.
The rumors surrounding Australian defender Trent Sainsbury have come on hard of late and the manager did confirm the club's interest in the A-League winner's services. Bolton have made an inquiry about Sainsbury and offered a trial but have denied that a bid of any sort has been made.
Freedman would also comment on the team's preparations for the season's final match with all to play for:
"We're preparing for this game in the exact same way as we would any other."
"It's in games like this when you're looking to the players who have the magic in their boots. We've got a number of them."
"Our fans deserve to see their team winning games of football at the Reebok - that's my priority."