Owen Coyle insists that David Wheater is not being viewed as a replacement for Gary Cahill.
Coyle remains coy over his bid to land the Middlesbrough defender, who he made a move for last week.
Wolves have already conceded defeat to the Trotters in their quest for the player but Coyle remained tight-lipped.
"I am loath to speak about other peoples' players and people recognise he is available and they look that we only have two centre-halves," he told Sky Sports News.
"He [Wheater] is a very talented young player we know, he has already shown in the Premier League he can equip himself at a high level."
Asked if Wheater was being lined up to replace Cahill, who has been linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, he added: "I can assure that is not the case.
"I have not had any other dialogue with a Premier League club or from elsewhere.
"I have said before Gary Cahill is a top performer capable of playing for any top club, but I have also said that the best time for Gary to move and any other player in that bracket is the summer.
"If any football club is going to spend that sort of money he needs to hit the ground running, whereas in the summer he gets the pre-season and you get to know him and for me that is the perfect time."
Coyle remains keen on signing Arsenal's Carlos Vela on loan, but admits he might have to wait until the end of the month.
"My understanding is that Arsenal have some big games coming up and they still have second leg of the Carling Cup and FA Cup replay at Leeds so I think it will be towards the end of month before Arsene and Carlos Vela make a decision," he concluded.