Bolton have received international clearance to sign former AC Milan midfielder Ibrahim Ba on a three-month deal.
Ba will learn whether he has a longer contract in December
The 30-year-old Frenchman earned a move to the Premiership after impressing Bolton boss Sam Allardyce in a five-week trial.
"He's a fantastic acquisition to this football club," Allardyce told the club's website.
"He's proved himself in top-flight European football over the last seven or eight years and we are confident we can get the best out of him."
Former France international Ba joined Milan for £8m in 1997 but made just one league appearance last season.
Bolton will decide in December whether to extend his contract until the end of the season.
"Ibrahim has shown a prowess in front of goal that we have missed so far this season," said Bolton's assistant boss Phil Brown.