Latics eye Bolton Wanderers’ training base

Latics chairman David Sharpe (far right) and CEO Jonathan Jackson (far left)
Latics chairman David Sharpe (far right) and CEO Jonathan Jackson (far left)

WIGAN Athletic are understood to be poised to make another audacious swoop - for Bolton Wanderers’ training facilities in Euxton.

After making three signings in the opening week of the January transfer window - goalkeeper Dan Lavercombe, midfielder Danny Whitehead and forward Yanic Wildschut - Latics have seemingly set their sights on an even more ambitious capture.

Preston North End are also reportedly keen to push through a deal that would see them lease the land at Euxton from the cash-strapped Trotters.

But Wigan’s interest in a permanent deal would be of far more benefit to a club that is battling to stave off the threat of administration.

Latics, who currently train at Christopher Park in Standish Lower Ground, had been planning to move their base to Charnock Richard, having acquired land there as far back as 2013.

But two relegations in the space of two years caused those plans to be put on hold, with chief executive Jonathan Jackson admitting earlier this season that promotion back to the Championship was now the priority.

“The whole academy programme is very much full steam ahead,” Jackson told Wigan Today back in November.

“But we have had to take stock of the facility at Charnock Richard, because of the financial implications.

“We’ve only got a finite amount of money, and we have to ensure we invest that in the right places.

“We have to make sure the club continues to operate, and we invest in the playing squad to get us back in to the Championship, which would allow us to generate more income and profits, to then be able to invest in those kind of facilities.

“It’s very much still on the agenda.”