LATICS will do all they can to hold on to Victor Moses after cashed-up QPR made their move for the wing wizard.
Rangers boss Mark Hughes was clearly impressed with Moses during Wigan’s 3-1 defeat at Loftus Road last weekend.
And he is ready to test Wigan’s resolve to hang on to the 21-year-old.
News of Rangers’ interest leaked out yesterday morning and, although Moses’ agent Tony Finnigan insists the player is happy at Wigan, he admits there is no smoke without fire.
“QPR are just one of a clubs that are interested in Vic,” Finnigan told the Evening Post.
“It didn’t come from us – it came from them (Rangers).
“But no-one should be surprised that a club uses their PR wing to release info.
“It is real, though, and I am aware of their admiration for him.”
Latics will do all they can to keep hold of Moses who, along with Momo Diame, has been their best outfield player this term.
They opened talks on a new long-term contract a couple of months ago, but those talks immediately stalled.
Finnigan says his door is very much open if and when Latics decide to come back to the table.
But, in the meantime, all of the player’s focus will be on helping Latics fight their way out of trouble.
“I’m not getting frustrated at all, Vic’s not getting frustrated at all,” Finnigan added.
“He hasn’t asked to leave, and he won’t ask to leave.
“The lad’s playing football, and he’s happy.
“If Wigan want to offer him a new deal, that’s up to them. If not, no problem at all – he still has 18 months on his contract remaining.
“There are no alarm bells coming from me or from the player – no way.
“We were told a while ago that something was on the way and, when the time is right, I’m sure they’ll offer it.“
Rangers have also been linked with a £4million beat-the-deadline swoop for Hugo Rodallega, who scored Wigan’s goal at the weekend with a magnificent free-kick.
Latics would be slightly more open to the possibility of offloading the Colombian, with him being a free agent in the summer, but the money would have to be right and there would have to be enough time for a replacement to be lined up.