Bolton boss Owen Coyle has admitted he would love to keep Daniel Sturridge on loan next season.
Sturridge has made an instant impact at Bolton since joining the club on loan from Chelsea during the January transfer window.
The 21-year-old scored his fourth goal in four games on Saturday to earn Bolton a 1-1 draw at Newcastle.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has warned Bolton that Sturridge is not for sale, but Coyle is keen to explore the possibility of bringing the England Under 21 international back to the club for next season.
"As much as I am the manager here, I am also a football fan. He will get even better, believe me," Coyle told The Sun.
"I would love him to stay here. I have said 'come in, enjoy your football, play with a smile on your face and see where that takes you'. I would love his loan to continue next season.
"I was close to getting Jack Wilshere back at the start of the season but Arsenal had a few injuries. He got his chance there and set the place alight. Who is to say Daniel cannot do the same."