Owen Coyle is optimistic he can keep in-form Johan Elmander at Bolton on a long-term deal.
Elmander has plundered eight goals this term after a slow start to his career at the Reebok Stadium.
His present deal expires in the summer and the club are presently engaged in talks with the player and his representative.
Elmander has indicated that he would prefer to wait until the end of the campaign before deciding his future, which has given Coyle hope that he can keep him.
"I know Johan is happy. That goes without saying. You can see it in his performances. He would not be performing like he is and playing well if he was not content," said Coyle.
"He came with a big price tag and reputation but he has always applied himself in terms of work rate.
"The longer he is here the batter chance I have of retaining him for a further period. We will continue the dialogue."
Coyle will lock horns with Sam Allardyce for the first time at the Reebok Stadium since he arrived from Burnley in January.
Under Allardyce, Bolton qualified for Europe for the first time in their history and attracted some big-name players.
Youri Djorkeaff, Fernando Hierro and Jay-Jay Okocha were just a few of the foreign legion recruited by Allardyce during his tenure.
And while many have dubbed him just a "long ball" merchant, Coyle refuses to give credence to those sentiments.
"I do not buy into that perception," he added.
"Blackburn have some fantastic players. They are a team that are far more than people think they are. David Dunn is a quality player, (El-Hadji) Diouf can play, so to can (Morten Gamst) Pedersen.
"If you look at some of the players who played under Sam at Bolton getting them in was a marvellous achievement.
"He poured his heart and soul into the job. He laid the foundations of everything that goes on at our club. He is a huge part of Bolton's history, the fans know that."
Coyle has made Bolton more expansive under his stewardship, which has won him many plaudits so far this season.
He continued: "The players have to try and win games and entertain so the fans remain on their side.
"When it does come together it is a sight to behold. I hope we can be pleasing on the eye. What we don't want to be is predictable.
"You want to be true to yourself and impose yourself on the club and be the best I can be. We are improving. Our strength will always be as a group, not the individual."
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