EX-ENGLAND goalkeeper Scott Carson is expected to become Wigan Athletic’s fourth summer signing later today.
The 27-year-old has spent the last two seasons in Turkey with Bursaspor, but has expressed a desire to return to England for family reasons.
And Latics are in pole position to land a player who will swap the Champions League for the Championship next season.
Carson’s arrival will provide stiff competition for Ali Al Habsi in the goalkeeping ranks at the DW Stadium.
Al Habsi looks likely to miss the start of the new campaign after undergoing shoulder surgery in the off-season.
And after finishing last term as back-up to Joel Robles – who has since returned to Atletico Madrid – the Oman No.1 will once again have a fight on his hands should Carson start the campaign well.
“Scott has done very well since being in Turkey and it will be sad to see him leave,” said Bursapor’s head of international relations, Gedik Huseyin.
“But we understand there are issues with his family which means he needs to move home.”
Owen Coyle has wasted little time in putting his own stamp on the squad since taking over from Roberto Martinez last month.
Last week he completed the captures of Burnley midfielder Chris McCann and defender Stephen Crainey from Blackpool. And yesterday saw highly-rated Norwegian centre-back Thomas Rogne join on a three-year deal from Celtic.
Rogne impressed during the recent European Under-21 Championships, including a convincing win over England.
And he admits he needed little persuasion to follow the well-worn track down from the SPL to Wigan.
“It’s an exciting chapter for me,” Rogne said.
“English football is something special, and being Norwegian we follow the game over here very closely. To be a part of it makes me very happy. I’ve seen Wigan play quite a lot when the club was in the Premier League, and obviously the whole of Europe has been speaking about the FA Cup win.
“The manager has told me about the team and his goals for the season ahead – the main one of course being promotion to the Premier League – and I want to be a part of that Rogne played alongside Shaun Maloney for two years during his time at Celtic Park, and he believes having a familiar face around will help his transition.
“I know how good a player Shaun is and how good a professional he is,” added Rogne.
“It’s much better to be on his side rather than play against him! Even in training I always wanted to be on his team because of his pace and skill.
“I’m sure having someone familiar in the dressing room will help so that’s good, but I’m just looking forward to getting to work with the squad and preparing for the season.”