Freedman’s already shopping

Bolton Wanderers

Dougie Freedman has revealed he will make two signings by the end of May irrespective of what division Bolton are in.

Victory over Blackpool on Saturday will book Wanderers’ place in the npower Championship play-offs unless Nottingham Forest beat Leicester by four more goals while Crystal Palace avoid defeat at Peterborough.

A play-off campaign would keep boss Freedman occupied for the rest of this month, but not at the expense of planning for next term.

“We will be signing two players by the end of this month no matter what division we’re in and there’s another three that are on the sheet that the chairman’s aware of,” he said.

“No matter what, I sign a certain type of player with a certain DNA. It doesn’t matter what division we’re in, I know what players we’re going to go after.

“It’s not about spending the biggest money, it’s about getting the right targets. I have planned for that and I think it’s always crucial to do that.”

Although he would not be drawN specifically on the names or positions of the players in question, Freedman suggested he will look to address Bolton’s shortfall in the wide positions.

“I think I’d like to balance the squad up a little bit,” he added. “With the amount of centre-halves we’ve got and centre-midfielders we have I just need to balance it up in the wider areas and that’s what we’re going to do.

“That may make one or two people move on but that’s life in football, that’s the way it goes.”