Martinez waits for right players

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WIGAN boss Roberto Martinez is prepared to play a waiting game in order to get the right men in this summer.

Martinez is yet to show his hand in the transfer market, with the new season now less than six weeks away.

The Spaniard – whose squad is five men light from last term after the departures of Momo Diame, Chris Kirkland, Hugo Rodallega, Hendry Thomas and Steve Gohouri – had initially expressed a desire to get all of his summer shopping done before the Euros.

Those plans, of course, were scuppered, but Martinez is refusing to be hurried as he looks for new blood to freshen up his playing squad.

“Where we are now, we are very strong with the group of players we have, and we’re going to take our time over our next step,” he told the Evening Post.

“We’ll continue working hard with the group of players we have, while at the same time behind the scenes continuing to identify the targets we have.

“We have a few options, but we need to make sure we get the right players in who will add to the already-great group of players we have.

“If that takes until the end of August, then so be it, because we need to make sure we are as strong as we can be at the start of September - not the start of pre-season.”

Martinez will use this week’s training camp in Sweden to run the rule over the likes of Callum McManaman, Nouha Dicko, Roman Golobart and Jordan Mustoe - in the hope he may be saved a small fortune in the transfer market.

He also remains hopeful that there will be no more departures, despite Chelsea and Liverpool continuing to be linked with Victor Moses.

“The most important target for the off-season was keeping together the nucleus of the squad that performed so well last season together, and so far we have managed to do that,” he added.

“We plan on making two major signings this summer, plus probably another younger player.

“We know exactly what we need, what type of player we need to improve the squad, but firstly I would like to see the existing individuals, and how they are.

“There are a few youngsters that have made the step up from the Development Squad into the first-team squad, and it’s important we assess them before we do anything else.”

Rumours that Wigan have tied up a deal for Chicago Fire forward Marco Pappa are understood to be premature.