WIGAN Athletic could be about to make their second summer signing with Real Mallorca centre-back Ivan Ramis being strongly linked with a move to the DW Stadium.
While Roberto Martinez [pictured right] and his first-team squad embark on the first full day of their Austrian training camp, progress has apparently been made to bolster the ranks.
Ramis is expected to leave Mallorca this summer for a new challenge in England, with Aston Villa, Sunderland and Swansea also being mentioned as potential suitors.
But it’s believed Latics jumped to the head of the queue for his services over the weekend and will try to push through a deal as quickly as possible.
Despite having been previously rated in the £9million bracket, it’s been claimed Ramis could be available for as little as £4.25million - which would be well within Wigan’s means.
After seeing Hugo Rodallega, Momo Diame, Chris Kirkland, Steve Gohouri and Hendry Thomas depart this summer, Latics have only splashed out a modest £500,000 on Aberdeen youngster Fraser Fyvie.
Martinez has confirmed he is looking for two more additions, but says he is not getting anxious with the big kick-off less than four weeks away.
“We won’t be making any rash decisions on recruitment – that’s for sure,” Martinez told the Evening Post.
“We’ve still got time on our side.
“And, depending on how the players react to the demands of pre-season, we’ll identify what we need to give us something extra.”
Ramis has spent his whole career at Mallorca after coming through the ranks there, but has admitted he is ready to move on to further his career.
“This could be the ideal moment to make a change and the Premier League is a destination that appeals because I like the football there,” he said.
“I want to have more challenges, more dreams, and to play in the English league would be an important step for me.”