Wigan Transfer News, Rumours

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Scharner to be offered route back to England?

January 30, 2013

Former West Bromwich midfielder Paul Scharner could be on his way back to England after Wigan boss Roberto Martinez indicated that he would like to bring the Austrian star to the DW Stadium. Martinez made the admission after his side’s 2-2 draw against Sunderland on Tuesday night and said that he would look to bring in a couple of players before the end of the window and Scharner, who played for the Latics between 2006 and 2010 was on his radar.

Scharner is currently plying his trade in the Bundesliga with Hamburger SV. He joined them on a free transfer earlier this season.

Scharner’s agent, Valentine Hobel, has also indicated that Sunderland could be a possible destination for his client. The Black Cats want to ideally sign him on loan till the end of the season.

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Wigan close to signing Honduran international

December 7, 2012

Honduran international Roger Espinoza is in talks over a move to the Premier League with Wigan Athletic. The midfielder currently plies his trade in the MLS with Sporting Kansas City, but his contract expires at the end of this year.

The 26 year-old has impressed in the American top flight and is now looking to move on to a bigger league. The Latics are currently working on paperwork to bring the player to the English top flight in January and Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is optimistic that a deal will happen when the transfer window opens.

Wigan have a history of signing Honduran players with the likes of Henry Thomas and Wilson Palacios having played for the club. Espinoza’s City teammate Matt Besler could also be making the move to the Premier League.

The 25 year-old centre-back is highly-rated and is set to be offered trials at English top flight clubs in the January transfer window.

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Wigan sign Ivory Coast striker, as Chelsea prepare to increase Moses bid

August 15, 2012

Wigan Athletic have completed the signing of Arouna Kone from Levante for a fee in the region of £2.8million. The Ivory Coast international has signed a three-year deal at the DW Stadium and will be hoping to make his debut this weekend against Chelsea.

The 28 year-old striker played a crucial role in Levante being the surprise package in La Liga last season, as he got on the score sheet 17 times. Kone was a highly-rated youngster at Roda and PSV Eindhoven in the Eredivisie and earned himself a move to La Liga Sevilla.

The move didn’t work out and he found himself loaned out to German club Hannover and more recently Levante. Levante only completed his permanent signing earlier this summer, for a reported fee of £1.8million.

Kone could be seen as a potential replacement for wantaway Latics front man Victor Moses. The highly-rated youngster is being tracked by European champions Chelsea, who have already had two bids turned down for the 21 year-old.

They are now expecting to return with a bid in the region of £10million, which they believe will be enough to sign the enigmatic attacker.

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Hughes eyes Wigan’s Rodallega

January 26, 2012

Queens Park Rangers are reportedly ready to bid for Wigan Athletic’s Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega. The forward is out of contract at the DW Stadium in the summer and has not penned an extension given the Latics’ perilous league position at this stage of the season. QPR are hoping that this will persuade Wigan to sell their star forward at a knockdown price rather than lose him for nothing in the summer.

Wigan made an attempt to sign Nicky Maynard from Bristol City, presumably as a replacement for Rodallega, but failed, leading to rumours that they will keep Rodallega unless a replacement is signed.

QPR face competition from West Ham United, who are also looking for a striker to fire them back into the Premiership.

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Latics bring in Spanish winger

August 30, 2011

Wigan Athletic have completed the transfer of winger Albert Crusat from Almeria. Almeria, who were relegated from La Liga last season, reportedly accepted a €2m fee from the Latics for Crusat’s services. The transfer brings to an end Crusat’s six year stay at Almeria, with the winger scoring 33 times for the Andalusian outfit in 199 appearances. He was also a key part of their promotion winning squad in 2007.

Crusat has put pen to paper a two year deal at the DW Stadium, with a further one year deal built in depending on his success at the club. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is a long term admirer of Crusat and tried to bring him in the previous two seasons, but was unsuccessful.

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McCarthy, Watson and Boyce pen new Wigan deals

August 23, 2011

Wigan trio James McCarthy, Ben Watson and Emmerson Boyce have signed new deals that will keep them at the DW Stadium for the foreseeable future. Young midfielder McCarthy, considered as one of Wigan’s best young talents, has agreed a five year deal despite reports of interest from the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool in the summer.

Midfielder Ben Watson, who scored on the opening day of the season against Norwich but missed a penalty against Swansea a few days ago, has put pen to paper a fresh three year deal. Defender Boyce, who has been with the Latics since 2006, has penned a shorter two year contract.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said he was pleased to have the three commit their future to the Latics and added that they were working on securing new deals for a few other players as well.

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Latics sign winger Dicko

August 13, 2011

Wigan have completed the signing of young French winger Nouha Dicko on a free transfer. Dicko, 19, was on trial with the Latics after Strasbourg released him due to their financial problems and impressed the staff at the DW Stadium in the pre-season games against Preston and Villarreal to land a three and a half year deal.

Dicko thus becomes Roberto Martinez’s third signing of the summer after goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi and midfielder David Jones. Martinez said that he was one for the future, quoting his pace and talent as important qualities, and Dicko remarked that he would be trying to push for a regular spot in the Latics starting XI.

Wigan’s first game of the season is against Norwich City.

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Wigan join race for Wright Phillips

July 3, 2011

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has confirmed that the Latics are interested in signing Man City winger Shaun Wright Phillips. The England international is widely expected to leave Eastlands this summer after failing to nail down a starting spot at City. Bolton Wanderers looked to be his most likely destination after Zat Knight told media reporters that SWP wanted to come to the Reebok, but it now seems that the Trotters will have competition from Lancashire rivals Wigan.

Whelan admitted that Latics boss Roberto Martinez was a big fan of Wright Phillips and would love to bring him to the DW Stadium. According to sources, the winger could be allowed to leave City for as little as £3m, thus making him a very attractive transfer proposition.

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Wigan to give Feindouno trial

January 23, 2011

Equitorial Guinean attacker Pascal Feindouno is set to undergo a trial with Wigan Athletic this week.

The former Bordeaux playmaker is currently a free agent after terminating his contract with Qatari club Al Sadd last year.

Feindouno recently underwent a trial with Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic but eventually rejected an offer from the Hoops to join Neil Lennon at Parkhead.

Feindouno is set to have his heart set on a move to the Premier League and has also attracted attention from the likes of West Ham, Blackburn and Everton.

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Bramble joins Black Cats

July 23, 2010

Wigan Athletic defender Titus Bramble has been reunited with former manager Steve Bruce after signing for Sunderland AFC. The transfer fee for the deal was not announced by either side, but rumours put it to be somewhere around the £1 million mark. Bramble has signed a three year contract with the Wearsiders.

Bramble started his career with Ipswich Town and had a loan spell with Colchester United before joining Sunderland’s North East rivals Newcastle United in 2002. He left the Magpies after five years to join Wigan in 2007.

The 6’2” Bramble has been capped by England at U-21 level, but his inconsistency at club level has not allowed him to make the big jump to the senior side.

Bramble said that Bruce’s presence was a big factor in his decision to join Sunderland.

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