Bolton are looking to sign former-player Kevin Nolan from West Ham, the Mirror reports.
Nolan's wages, said to be £50,000 a week, will be a tough ask for the Trotters to pay so a subsidy provided by the Hammers or a pay-cut are likely to be the only ways around the obstacle.
Nolan played the full 90 minutes in last night's 2-1 defeat by Romanian side Astra which saw the Irons eliminated from the Europa League in the third round of qualifying.
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During a 12-year stay, the 33-year-old scored 40 league goals for the Wanderers - making over 300 appearances in all competitions.
Since his move to east London, the former England Under-21 midfielder has seen his game time cut in each of his four seasons at West Ham, with an even greater slice of time on the pitch expected to be removed in the upcoming campaign given Slaven Bilic's inclining to give youth a chance.
Wanderers boss Neil Lennon could all-but assure Nolan a place in his starting line-up this season as Bolton look likely to be battling against relegation from the Championship than staging a promotion push.
Fellow Bolton veteran Eidur Gudjohnsen returned to the club last season to score six goals, a far cry from the 21 he struck in 1999-00 for the Lancastrians.
Bolton kick-off their third successive Championship campaign against Derby County tomorrow afternoon.