Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle has described Jay Spearing as a 'wonderfully talented young player' amid reports linking the Liverpool midfielder with a move to the Reebok Stadium.
The former Premier League club are known to be in the market for a defence-minded player in the middle of the pitch and a miserable defeat by rivals Burnley on Saturday has potentially increased their need.
Reports have suggested Bolton want Spearing, who was not named in new manager Brendan Rodgers' 18-man squad for the opening day loss at West Bromwich Albion, on a season-long loan.
And while Coyle has not directly confirmed his determination to sign the 23-year-old former Leicester City loanee, the Bolton boss has admitted he is and admirer.
Coyle said: "It's fair to say we're always going to be linked with players in that area, because we've said that's the type of player we're looking for.
"Jay Spearing's a wonderfully talented young player, but he's a Liverpool player and it's not for me to comment on anybody's players."