WIGAN Athletic narrowly failed to beat last night’s transfer deadline to land Craig Dawson - but can reflect on an otherwise impressive January window.
Having landed Leicester striker Martyn Waghorn on loan for the rest of the season earlier in the day, Latics couldn’t quite tie up a similar deal for West Brom centre-back Dawson.
But having already brought in loan stars Nicky Maynard, Josh McEachran and Tyias Browning during January - and lost only Grant Holt - it represents a tidy month of business for boss Uwe Rosler.
Latics are also expected to complete the signing of Sweden international defender Markus Holgersson, a free agent, in the next few days.
And with the loan market re-opening next week, Latics will look to revive the Dawson deal to give them extra cover in the heart of the defence.
“We will look to utilise the loan market when it re-opens,” Rosler told the Evening Post.
“There is still room for us to bring in players, and it’s always advisable to have at least one loan left to play with.
“The emergency loan market is complicated, because you can keep a player for a maximum of 93 days and there is a 28-day recall option.
“That makes is very difficult for managers to plan ahead, especially when you are trying to get into the play-offs.
“But it’s good to be able to fall back on, if we feel we have to.”
Latics also managed to retain the services of Ivan Ramis, after the Spaniard’s expected switch to Crystal Palace collapsed at the 11th hour.
News broke around lunchtime that Ramis had failed his medical at Selhurst Park, with Rosler admitting at his 1.30pm press conference that the Eagles had yet to contact him to explain the situation.
Barely an hour later, Rosler was in much better spirits after unveiling Waghorn, a former England Under-21 international.
“When I met Martyn, it was clear he shares the ambitions we have as a club and is relishing the challenges that lie ahead,” said Rosler.
“He is a versatile attacking player who can operate in all three positions in the front line, and he also gives us great quality from set-piece situations.
“With a busy fixture schedule ahead, it was important to bolster our attacking options.”
Rosler also decided against bringing back Manchester United striker Will Keane for a second loan period.
Keane, whose first spell at the DW over Christmas was dogged by injury, joined promotion rivals QPR minutes just before the 11pm deadline.
“I watched Will last Monday play against Manchester City, in a good competitive game between two very good sides,” Rosler added.
“But at the moment, I am looking in other areas to bolster the squad for a heavy schedule ahead.”
Rosler also has to make a decision on the future of Browning, whose initial one-month loan from Everton expires in the middle of next week.