You’d imagine Bolton Wanderers will need to have a very shrewd January transfer window if they are to stay in League One this season.
Keith Hill’s men began the season with a 12-point deduction and are currently 17 points adrift of safety in the English third tier.
The Trotters have already seen a number of squad members leave this month, with loanees Thibaud Verlinden, Josh Earl, and Jake Wright having returned to their parent clubs.
Ahead of what could be a vital three weeks for Bolton, here are three transfer decisions that Bolton will be mulling over at the moment…
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Whether to bring back David Wheater.
According to the Bolton News, the Trotters have contacted Oldham Athletic about a deal to bring David Wheater back to the club.
The 32-year-old centre-back left Bolton in the summer after eight years with the North West club.
With both Earl and Wright having left the club this month, Hill could do with strengthening the backline and the addition of the experienced Wheater, who has made 236 appearances for Bolton in the past, could be a smart move.
However, it is understood that Oldham boss Dino Maamria is unwilling to let the defender go.
Whether to sign Jimmy Dunne.
The Burnley centre-back is another defender that Bolton are reportedly interested in a deal for.
The 22-year-old has recently returned from a loan spell at Fleetwood Town and journalist Alan Nixon has claimed that the Trotters are interested in bringing him in for the second half of the season.
The Irishman has had a number of short and relatively underwhelming spells on loan in the past but Hill may be hoping that could Bolton be the place it finally clicks.
Whether to extend Will Buckley’s loan deal.
After signing a short-term deal at Bolton in August, Will Buckley’s contract is set to expire this month, giving Hill a decision to make.
The winger has missed a significant amount of the start of the season due to injury, featuring just five times so far.
However, Buckley has now recovered from injury and may get a chance to prove to the League One club that it is worth them offering him a new deal.
With the Trotters having lost Verlinden already this month, Buckley does provide some vital depth out wide but you’d forgive Hill for questioning whether he can stay fit for the rest of the campaign.