Latics thwarted in attempts to secure new Kim deal

Wigan Player Kim Bo-Kyung
Wigan Player Kim Bo-Kyung

WIGAN Athletic suffered their first bloody nose of the off-season after failing to secure the services of South Korean international Kim Bo-Kyung.

The 25-year-old’s expected departure was confirmed yesterday after a short but sweet three-month stay at the DW Stadium.

Latics were very much open to the possibility of keeping hold of the playmaker to aid their attempts to get out of League One at the first attempt next term.

But it’s understood the figures being bandied around by the player’s representatives made any efforts to broker a deal impossible.

Latics were also keen to keep hold of Cameroon internationmal left-back Gaetan Bong on a permanent basis, but he looks set to exercise his options as a free agent and move on.

Elsewhere, there were few shocks in the club’s retained list with Ali Al Habsi, William Kvist and Marc-Antoine Fortune all confirmed as moving on to pastures new.

Al Habsi was always going to draw a line under his five-year stay having spent much of the last couple of seasons on the bench, while Fortune was deemed surplus to requirements after bagging only one league goal last term.

And Kvist – with next summer’s European Championships in the forefront of his mind – will bid farewell having enjoyed a mixed year under three different managers.

Latics remain extremely hopeful of holding on to Jermaine Pennant, who has hinted on social media his desire to stay and help the club back into the Championship.

Jordan Flores, Tim Chow, Matty Hamilton and Ryan Jennings are also expected to pen new deals later this summer, with club captain Emmerson Boyce also out of contract.

As revealed by the Evening Post last week, Latics will welcome back James Tavernier, Oriol Riera, Rob Kiernan and Andy Delort – who all spent the second half of last term away on loan – for the start of pre-season on June 25.

Adam Anson, Sam Cosgrove, Owen Evans, Liam Langford, Adrian Purzycki, Louis Robles have been offered Academy contracts, while Mayowa Balogun, Joey Johnson, Connor Keane, Declan Poole and Mike Wilson have not.

The club also confirmed Juan Carlos Garcia ‘continues to make progress regarding his condition, diagnosed as a form of leukaemia. He is being constantly monitored both by the club’s medical staff and doctors at Christie Hospital in Manchester.’