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Bolton manager Sam Allardyce is facing up to the stark reality of not getting in any of the four new faces he needs to turn the Trotters into a Premiership force.
Allardyce's legendary wheeling and dealing skills have seen him bring seven new faces to the Reebok Stadium this summer - five of whom were on show in the 1-0 friendly defeat to Inter Milan on Sunday.
But if Bolton are to have any chance of repeating their impressive eighth-place finish last term, Allardyce feels he needs more bodies. And he admits he is running out of options.