UWE Rosler has revealed he has not given up hope of keeping Jordi Gomez at Wigan Athletic.
The Spanish midfielder – along with Jean Beausejour, Stephen Crainey, Mike Pollitt and Gary Caldwell – is out of contract this summer.
And there is expected to be no shortage of rival interest in the man who swept the board at Wigan’s Player of the Season awards night.
But Rosler says Latics have pushed the boat out as far as possible, and are still hopeful of the 28-year-old extending his five-season stay at the DW.
“There are a few players out of contract and we are in contact with some of them,” Rosler told the Evening Post.
“Jordi is one of those we have offered a new contract.
“He is evaluating his options at the moment, and we are still in regular conversations.
“At the same time we are also pushing to present a number of new names into the frame.
“We are obviously looking at some areas of squad more than others.
“That includes the centre-forward position, and we are meeting agents and players all the time.
“It’s very early days in the transfer window, we are still in the preparation stage, but it will be getting busier as we move forward.”
Rosler has already been active this summer, tying up young centre-back Rob Kiernan to a new deal yesterday.
And the Latics chief hopes to have wrapped up a couple of new signings in the next week or so.
However, he does not anticipate this summer to be anywhere near as hectic as 12 months ago, when there was a revolving-door situation at the training ground.
“We have 18 players under contract for next year and the nucleus of the team will stay the same,” Rosler revealed.
“We had a very good second half to the season where a lot of our players performed to a very high level in a very congested match programme.
“I was very pleased on the whole with what I saw, although there are areas where I know we can improve.
“We have already identified targets, with our head of recruitment David Downes, and we are working towards that. In the next week or so I would hope we are in a position to present two new players.”
l James McClean has been named in Ireland’s 29-man squad for their summer friendlies with Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal.
However, there was no place for U-21 international Rob Kiernan or ex-Latics midfielder James McCarthy.