Caldwell’s big hunt for new faces

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GARY Caldwell is actively chasing several transfer targets as he attempts to bolster his Wigan Athletic squad before the start of pre-season.

The Latics chief has seen two more members of his first-team pool depart this week – James McClean to West Brom and Rob Kiernan yesterday completing his switch to Rangers.

It leaves Caldwell worryingly low on numbers with the majority of his first-team squad due back for the first day of pre-season training tomorrow.

Jermaine Pennant, who enjoyed a successful short-term spell in the latter part of last term, remains a target, although he is currently assessing his options.

In the meantime, Caldwell is continuing his efforts to bring in reinforcements in defence , midfield and attack ahead of the new term.

Latics still have a live interest in Chesterfield winger Sam Clucas, having seen a couple of bids turned down.They’ve also been linked with Sheffield United forward Matt Done and Leeds hot-shot Billy Sharp, while the name of Bolton winger Sanmi Odelusi has also been thrown into the pot.

Caldwell has so far swooped for three players this summer – goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell, midfielder David Perkins and centre-back Craig Morgan. The arrival of Morgan signalled the end of Kiernan’s time at the DW, with Latics pocketing around £200,000 from Rangers.

“It was a big decision for me to move up here,” Kiernan told Rangers’ website.

“This is a massive club, probably bigger than anywhere I’ve played before. No disrespect to them, but this is on another level.”