Dougie Freedman has confirmed Bolton are interested in both Jordon Ibe and Max Clayton.
The Wanderers boss is in desperate need of attacking reinforcements after missing out on Lukas Jutkiewicz and seeing Marvin Sordell join him at Burnley, leaving Craig Davies, Jermaine Beckford and Joe Mason as Freedman's only senior options.
Prior to acquiring Mason on loan from Cardiff, the Scot declared he wanted three players in that department and appears to have honed in on two of those in Liverpool winger Ibe, who Bolton want on loan, and ex-Crewe striker Clayton, who will cost his next employers a significant amount of compensation.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference for this weekend's clash with Brighton on Friday morning, Freedman said of 18-year-old Ibe: "There are a few other clubs interested in Jordon now. It seems like we'll probably get pipped at the post.
"We've tried to get the loan done going back to last season. We've made another enquiry."
Clayton, meanwhile, has been training with the Sky Bet Championship club after spending time with both Sunderland and Wolves this summer. Although he is technically a free agent after leaving Crewe, they are due a fee because of the 20-year-old's age.
And, like Ibe, Freedman admits Wanderers remain in limbo with regards his future.
"Max is training with us; we like him," he added.
"We're one of a few clubs far away from Crewe's valuation. Max has spoken about going abroad. I'm gutted about that because we really want to work with him."