Bolton Wanderers have confirmed their interest in signing Middlesbrough ace Rhys Williams.
Highly-rated Williams has returned to the Boro side in recent weeks after missing almost 12 months of action with a hip problem.
The 22-year-old Australian international is well known to Bolton boss Owen Coyle, after he signed him on loan during his time in charge with Burnley.
Williams, who is at home in defence and midfield, is now being strongly linked with a move to the Premier League and Coyle is ready to lead the bidding.
Coyle has now confirmed his admiration for Williams, saying: "Rhys Williams is a player I had on loan at Burnley when he was a young kid from Middlesbrough. He did terrific for me and he's one of 15 or 20 players that we've looked at.
"I spoke to (Boro chief executive) Keith Lamb [on Wednesday] because we have a fantastic relationship with Middlesbrough, and I spoke to Keith to say that's exactly where we are.
"If and when there was anything concrete on that then Middlesbrough would be the first to know."
Bolton are no strangers to doing business with Boro having signed David Wheater from the club in January.
Boro would be loathed to lose Williams, but along with Joe Bennett - he is attracting major interest from the top-flight and the finances of the Teesside club could see them having to sell at least one of the current prized assets.