Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Nolan says teammate Nicolas Anelka is every bit as good as Manchester United stars Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez.

He said: "We know everyone fancies Nic, who wouldn't? But we want to keep him and, if he went, we would have to buy a Rooney or Tevez to replace him.

"If we can keep Nicolas, we can be going for Europe again and perhaps even for the Champions League.

"He has a lot to say and has a big influence in the dressing room. He's part of our committee and makes sure our feelings are heard."