IAN Holloway fears Liam Trotter could be left "upset and disgruntled" if a move to Bolton falls through on deadline day.
Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman, a long-term admirer of the midfielder, made a move for Trotter on Thursday morning, but has yet to agree a fee with the Lions for his services.
And Freedman may be forced to pull the plug on talks as he struggles to finance the deal – which Holloway says would leave him with "a massive problem" come 11pm tonight.
He said: "I'm not very happy with Bolton at the moment, to say the least.
"They have had a sniff but are waiting on someone going out before they can push ahead. If that deal falls through, they will have upset and disgruntled one of my players.
"I don't have a cat in hell's chance of keeping Liam because a club like Bolton will be able to offer him a big contract and I can't compete with that.
"With that being the case, I will have a massive problem if they don't come up with a deal."