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Coyle: Hoping to keep stars

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Bolton boss Owen Coyle accepts that a number of his top stars are likely to attract interest in January.

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Trotters chairman Phil Gartside recently admitted that the club may be forced to listen to offers as they look to cut mounting debts.

The likes of six-goal striker Johan Elmander and England centre-half Gary Cahill were touted as candidates most likely to be in demand, with their reputations continuing to rise.

Coyle remains hopeful that drastic action can be avoided, allowing him to keep his squad in one piece, but he is fully aware that New Year fire fighting may need to be carried out at the Reebok Stadium.

"We have some very good young players in our team, so it would only be natural if anyone is doing their job right that they are out watching these players, and there is never anything wrong with that," he said.

"At this moment in time, without getting ahead of ourselves, there is nothing to worry about, it is all hypothetical.

"If and when something comes around and you have to look at it, that's the time for doing it, but certainly not now."