EXCLUSIVE: Bolton line up striker (with video)
Published 18:32 18/01/12 By Alan Nixon
Bolton boss Owen Coyle is flying in French striker Sebastien Le Toux from MLS side Philadelphia Union for talks.
The 28-year-old is rated one of the hardest-working forwards in the North American league and has been strongly recommended to Coyle.
Le Toux was born in France, but made his name across the Atlantic with Seattle Sounders and now the Union, where he has cult-hero status because of his play and effort.
Coyle is looking to give himself more options as his relegation-candidate squad's strength has been exposed during the current tough period, and can snap up Le Toux for a low fee.
The Bolton boss already has US international midfielder Stuart Holden at the club and is about to sign Team USA centre-half Tim Ream from MLS side New York Red Bulls, subject to a work permit appeal next week.
"We have received good reports about Sebastian, so we thought we would give him an opportunity to come into the group," confirmed Coyle.
"He will train with us for a week and we will see where we are after that."
Le Toux would be able to join immediately and without red tape if he impresses over the next few days.
Coyle is finding it hard to land targets during the current window.
Tottenham want £7million for Giovani Dos Santos, which is more than Bolton will pay, and Blackburn's Junior Hoilett is stalling on any decision about his career.
Coyle admitted he would prefer to sign English players but claimed he had to go for value as he tries to steer Bolton clear of relegation trouble.
"Ideally, you would love to have English players but you have to look to the market place to get the best you can," he said.
"If that means going to the United States, that is what we will do."
Coyle also confirmed veteran keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen had returned to training but after missing four weeks with a thigh injury, youngster Adam Bogdan is likely to retain his place for Saturday evening's clash with Liverpool at the Reebok Stadium.
That will see young forward David Ngog face his old club for the first time since his £4million move from the Merseyside giants in August.
"David is getting stronger," said Coyle, of the 22-year-old, who has scored only twice in 20 appearances for the Trotters so far.
"That is a positive sign for us as we head into the second half of the season."
Check out Le Toux in action here: