IAN Evatt would still like to see Peter Kioso back at Wanderers before the month is out.

Luton surprisingly recalled the wing-back two weeks ago after a successful first half of the campaign on loan at Wanderers.

Hatters boss Nathan Jones had initially said he was happy for the 21-year-old to see out his season-long loan at the UniBol before changing his mind after seeing his squad hit by injuries.

Both parties refused to rule out Kioso going back to Bolton before the January transfer window shuts on February 1 and he has not featured for the Hatters since his return to Kenilworth Road.

Having impressed in 14 appearances for the Whites, which saw him score three goals, getting Kioso back in the building remains on Evatt’s agenda.

“We hope we can get him back because he’s a very, very good player,” the Wanderers boss said.

“It’s not down to me to speak about Nathan Jones who I have a lot of admiration for, on who to pick and how to do his job.

“He chose to recall Peter, that’s his player, Nathan’s a fantastic guy and a fantastic manager who is doing an incredible job at Luton.

“If Peter’s not involved then hopefully Nathan will think about us moving forwards if he’s available for loan and hopefully we can take him back.

“But I’m not going to comment on what was right or what was wrong for Nathan to do. Nathan’s doing the best for Luton Town and it’s not for me to say what’s right and what’s wrong with his football club.”

Like all managers, Evatt has something of a juggling act this month.

As well as bringing in four new faces – Delcan John, Kieran Lee, Zack Elbouzedi and Ben Jackson – he has allowed George Taft to go on loan to Scunthorpe with Liam Gordon’s stint at Dagenham & Redbridge being extended until the end of the season.

Tom White and Billy Crellin could return to their parent clubs while other fringe players are also likely to be allowed to go in search of more regular first-team football.

But the salary cap in the EFL and the uncertainty over the future of the non-league season means things have been far from straightforward, according to Evatt.

“The outgoing situation is difficult because at the moment with the way the pandemic is and we don’t know where people are at with salary caps, who has got what to spend,” Evatt said.

“The lower down the pyramid, football has been cancelled outside the National League and then in the National League, what have clubs got to spend?

“There’s no fans in stadiums, it’s a really strange and difficult market but as I said, there’s some players available and we’re always on the lookout to improve our team.

“There’s plenty of room in the cap to do so, and we’ll be working right up to the end of the window to see what comes available.”