Trotters still seeking striker
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Trotters are determined to pep up their attack before they visit the Premiership champions on August 16 and their goalscoring deficiencies were highlighted in Wednesday's friendly with Mallorca.
A string of chances were wasted in the 0-0 draw with the Spaniards and Bolton can ill-afford that profligacy to infiltrate the team on a regular basis.
Trotters boss Sam Allardyce has ruled out a swoop for prolific Brazilian marksman Mario Jardel and the clock is ticking for the North West club to snare reinforcements.
Allardyce's assistant Phil Brown has confirmed the club are hoping to inject fresh blood into their strike-force ahead of the trip to Old Trafford.
"It has been well documented that we have been looking for a goalscoring striker during the last few months," Brown told the club's website.
"We are hopeful before the Manchester United game that we can bring in a striker and possibly an additional two or three players."
Meanwhile, African trialist Fousseni Diawara will be anxious to have impressed the Bolton coaching staff after his appearance in the Mallorca match.
Diawara has been training with The Trotters this week and the Mali international played the closing 30 minutes of the friendly.
The St Etienne midfielder was joined as a substitute by French winger Ibrahim Ba who has been training with Bolton for a fortnight.