Owen Coyle admits he is keen to bolster Bolton's threadbare squad in January - but is not desperate.
The Trotters have climbed to seventh in the Premier League despite having just 19 fit senior players available for the Boxing Day visit of West Brom.
They will be even shorter on numbers when South Korea midfielder Lee Chung-yong joins his international colleagues for next month's Asian Cup in Qatar.
But Coyle insists he will only bring bodies in if it suits all parties.
"We have the smallest squad in the Premier League but we don't moan about it, we get on with it," he said.
"We would love to add the squad, we would love to help the group we have, add a bit of freshness.
"But that takes a number of things to come to fruition - player availability, finance, does the player want to come?
"There are a few boxes to be ticked before that could happen but it wouldn't ever stop us from looking to add the right type of player and the right type of character to the group.
"But I won't bring players in for the sake of numbers. If I bring players in it is because I believe they are going to help the squad we have got and improve the football club."
Coyle may also be forced to sell as a number of players could attract interest from elsewhere.
The former Burnley boss has transformed Bolton's fortunes since taking charge in January and Johan Elmander, in particular, has enjoyed a new lease of life under Coyle.
The Sweden international managed just five goals in each of his first two seasons at Bolton after being signed by Gary Megson for £10million in 2008, but the 29-year-old striker already has eight this term and is out of contract next summer.
"That is all down to Johan, but my belief is Johan will be with us for the rest of the season anyway," Coyle explained. "I don't see that changing.
"If something came in that Johan thought was the right thing, it is only fair that we looked and considered that.
"But from the conversations I have had, I believe he will still be with us come the end of the season.
"When players are playing well and getting recognised because of it, it is only natural bigger clubs will cast their net and have a look.
"If people are coming and admiring our players, that is because they are doing well for me and long may that continue."