Bolton boss Owen Coyle is hoping to tie up deals for three new players this week, with swoops for Liverpool’s David Ngog and Manchester City duo Shaun Wright-Phillips and Dedryck Boyata, according to The Mirror.
Coyle is eager to strengthen his squad before next Wednesday’s deadline and has stepped up his recruitment drive with a new £4 million-plus offer for striker Ngog – who could make his Bolton debut at Anfield next Saturday.
The Frenchman has struggled to make an impact on Merseyside since arriving from Paris St Germain in 2008 with only nine league goals in 63 games.
He has slipped further down the pecking order following last January’s arrival of Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez and will be allowed to move on by Reds manager Kenny Dalglish.
Coyle has also been given permission to speak to Belgian defender Boyata, who is also being tracked by Blackburn, Everton and West Brom.
The 20-year-old has been told he can go out on loan for experience by City manager Roberto Mancini, who is an admirer of Bolton’s style under Coyle and thinks Boyata would benefit from getting games under his belt.
According to reports, Wright-Phillips discussed a move to The Reebok Stadium when the two sides met on Sunday and is being urged to join by friends and Bolton stars Zat Knight and Nigel Reo-Coker.
QPR, Wigan and Stoke have all offered Wright-Phillips better personal terms, but Coyle is banking on him wanting to stay in the Manchester area and play for a team that suits his attacking style.
Wanderers would also have to pay City a fee of around £2million for the 29-year-old.