Hugo talks are ongoing

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ROBERTO Martinez admits the uncertainty surrounding Hugo Rodallega’s future needs to be resolved before the end of the year.

The Colombian hitman is in the final season of the three-and-a-half year deal he signed when he joined Latics from Mexican outfit Necaxa in January 2009.

As things stand, he would be able to talk to interested clubs from January 1 about a free transfer switch next summer.

Clearly, the club will be doing everything in their power to prevent that happening, and talks are ongoing with Rodallega’s agent about a new deal to keep the 26-year-old at the DW into his peak years.

And Martinez remains confident of a successful conclusion well before the transfer window opens on New Year’s Day.

“We have been talking with Hugo for a long, long time and it’s something we need to sort out,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“His agent has been over in Colombia which has made things difficult, but he’ll be visiting here shortly.

“Once we can get everyone together, I really don’t think it’ll be very difficult to find a solution.

“It’s important we don’t get to January without knowing where we are, though, because we need to have as much stability as we can at the football club.”

Despite not having found the net this term, Rodallega’s form over the last three years has attracted the interest of a number of top European clubs. One of them, Juventus, are apparently ready to make their move in January, which means Latics don’t have much scope for delay.

“There has been some contact from Juventus’ people,” said Rodallega.

“They want to sign me in January.”

Martinez, though, is refusing to panic about the prospect of losing Wigan’s all-time record Premier League scorer.

“Between now and January is an eternity in football, and we shouldn’t be concerned with what might or what might not happen,” added the Wigan boss.

“We want to resolve these personal situations as quickly as we can, but the important thing in the meantime is to focus on the team and winning games.”

Midfielder Momo Diame is also in the last 12 mionths of his current deal, with Sevilla and Aston Villa believed to be monitoring developments closely.

“Momo is in the same boat as Hugo,” Martinez confirmed. “But we’re still talking with his people as well and we are hoping to have things to announce before we get to January.”