Euro 2012 stars linked with Latics

Dimitris Salpingidis (No.14) celebrates with Greece's players during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday
Dimitris Salpingidis (No.14) celebrates with Greece's players during the Euro 2012 soccer championship Group A match between Greece and Russia in Warsaw, Poland, on Saturday
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WITH the Premier League season exactly two months away, Wigan Athletic could be about to finally show their hand in the transfer market.

Roberto Martinez stated at the end of last term that he wanted his ‘four or five’ new signings in place before the start of the European Championships.

That obviously failed to materialise, but moves have been afoot behind the scenes to bolster the squad ahead of the new campaign.

PAOK forward Dimitris Salpingidis has been strongly linked with a free transfer switch to the DW, although Greece’s against-the-odds progression to the knockout stages of the Euros may keep that on hold for a few days.

Norwich, Reading, Stoke and West Ham are also reportedly in the race for the 30-year-old whose representative, Chris Nathaniel, admitted: “We are talking with a number of Premier League teams.”

Salpingidis is not the only Greek player to be bracketed with Latics, after Martinez was pictured watching the squad train prior to their opening game against Poland earlier this month.

Former Manchester City striker Georgios Samaras, now with Celtic, has also been mentioned in dispatches.

Latics were again linked with Tottenham’s out-of-favour winger Giovanni Dos Santos over the weekend, with some sources claiming a deal had already been done for the Mexico international.

The Evening Post understands that is not the case, but he is clearly a player that interests the Wigan boss, who has enquired about his services in virtually every transfer window since taking over at the DW.

Morocco international midfielder Nordin Amrabat is another name to have featured heavily in the gossip columns, with some reports suggesting his representatives have been over to Wigan to discuss a move.

However, the Kayserispor ace is also interesting Galatasaray and Napoli, with the Turkish side thought to be favourites to snap him up.

Martinez remains keen on strengthening every area of his squad having lost Chris Kirkland, Steve Gohouri, Hendry Thomas, Momo Diame and Hugo Rodallega since the end of last term.

Of that quintet, only Kirkland has so far managed to get fixed up, having joined Championship newcomers Sheffield Wednesday last month.

However, the future of Diame should become clear over the next few days, with West Ham expected to confirm his signing on a Bosman free transfer.

The transfer rumour-mill will inevitably be cranked up even further with the releasing of the fixtures for the new season later today.

For full details and analysis on Latics’ 2012-13 campaign, as well as a cut-out-and-keep fixture list, see the Wigan Evening Post on Tuesday, June 19.