Bolton remain winless in the Championship after Saturday's 2-2 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, with goalkeeper Andy Lonergan keeping the Owls at bay despite Stuart Gray's side having a whopping 24 shots on goal. Trotters boss Dougie Freedman is under increasing pressure and he must turn things around quickly, hence the impending arrival of highly rated Crewe Alexandra striker Max Clayton.
Yet whilst Lonergan earned all the plaudits over the weekend following a fine display, the former Preston and Leeds United goalkeeper was only in the team after first choice stopper Adam Bogdan suffered a freak training ground injury on Friday, which will rule him out for around six to eight weeks.
With little backup behind Lonergan, Freedman has looked to the transfer market for temporary cover, and his top target is former Leeds United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny. The 36-year-old was released by Leeds when Stuart Taylor and Marco Silvestri arrived at Elland Road, but looks set to return to football at the Macron Stadium having spent time on trial with Bolton.
"Paddy Kenny is here and trained yesterday with us," confirmed Freedman. "We are looking to tie up a short-term deal with him. We needed somebody short term and Paddy was available. He is a very experienced player. It is similar to what we did with Arran Lee-Barrett last season."
Freedman went on to say that whilst they could have signed a goalkeeper on loan from the Premier League, Lonergan has earned his chance in the first team following his performance against Sheffield Wednesday.
"We can go and loan a goalkeeper but I think the form that Andy Lonergan showed on Saturday, and in pre-season, means he deserves an opportunity," added Freedman. "I believe in him and he is very capable."