PHIL Parkinson is desperate to give Wanderers’ survival chances a shot in the arm by making new signings.

The Bolton boss is already playing catch-up, the club having spent two weeks of the transfer window under a registration embargo which also rendered Christian Doidge and Remi Matthews unable to play for them.

But as Ipswich, Reading and Wigan Athletic add to their ranks, Parkinson wants Ken Anderson to clear restrictions as quickly as possible to enable him to do the same.

“Without doubt. We have to be in a position to add to the squad,” Parkinson said. “Like I said in my press conference if we’re not we’ll have to deal with it, but you look at teams around us adding players left, right and centre, and we have to be able to do that.

“Hopefully this week, that can be resolved.

Asked if he has spoken to Ken Anderson about the possibility of new signings, Parkinson added: “Briefly. I am hoping that the registration embargo – or whatever you want to call it – is lifted and that’s resolved. If that isn’t resolved, we certainly won’t be adding to the squad.”

The embargo is likely to be in place until a central payment from the league, due over the next few days, hits the club’s accounts and allows them to pay off their football creditors.

Wanderers lost 2-1 at Bristol City on Saturday to fall second-bottom of the Championship and Parkinson is keen to keep the focus on football, rather than finances, for the remaining fortnight of the transfer window.

“On the pitch we took a very good team close,” he said at Ashton Gate. “We have had some better results of late, taking away the Hull game.

“We all know off the pitch that you can’t use the distraction as an excuse but we do spend a lot of time talking about other things rather than football. From the end of next week, when hopefully everything is sorted out with the Football League we can concentrate on what we need to do to stay in the division.”