WIGAN Athletic are on the verge of pulling off a sensational swoop for loan star Yanic Wildschut on a permanent deal from Middlesbrough.
The 24-year-old has just completed a hugely-successful three-month loan spell with Latics, which saw him produce four goals and several assists in 17 appearances.
He returned to Teesside after his final game in a Latics shirt, Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe.
But boss Gary Caldwell admitted he was still extremely hopeful of retaining the services of the flying Dutchman.
Caldwell reiterated yesterday that ‘money’ was the only stumbling block to bringing the player back to the DW Stadium, with Boro reluctant to let him leave on the cheap.
But Latics chairman David Sharpe and chief executive Jonathan Jackson have been working round the clock to broker a deal since the transfer window re-opened.
And the Evening Post understands the two clubs have finally reached an agreement for his transfer.
Wildschut has six months remaining on his Boro contract, but the Championship high-flyers are believed to hold an option for a further year - which has strengthened their hand in the negotiations.
Latics have been encouraged by the player’s clear desire to remain in the north west, to spearhead Wigan’s own promotion push in League One.
“He’s enjoyed being here,” said Caldwell. “He wants to stay, he’s signalled that.
“He doesn’t want to go anywhere else. He wants to stay at Wigan.”