DAVE Whelan hopes a double-your-money new contract offer will keep wing wizard Victor Moses at Wigan Athletic and out of the clutches of Chelsea.
The Champions League winners have had an opening offer – believed to be in the region of £3million – dismissed out of hand by Latics, with Whelan accusing the Londoners of ‘taking the Mickey’ with their valuation.
Latics shelled out £2.5million to Crystal Palace in January 2010, since when Moses has established himself as one of the brightest young talents in the Premier League.
The ball is very much in Chelsea’s court now, with an improved bid expected any day from the Stamford Bridge outfit.
But the Wigan chairman insists he is not resigned to losing the 21-year-old, who had been negotiating with Wigan about extending his contract beyond next summer.
“We’ve made him a very good offer – involving a doubling of his wages – over the next three years,” Whelan told the Evening Post.
“It’s down to whether the lad himself listens to sense, or whether he listens to his agent.
“The player has to realise that it’s his future we’re talking about – not his agent’s.
“Agents want cash out of players, that’s all, whereas we want the lad to realise his potential and reach the highest level he can.
“If we have to sell him, we will do so reluctantly – but not for the money that is currently on the table.”
Moses was one of the key figures in Wigan’s end-of-season surge away from the drop zone, with four goals and countless assists in the final third of the campaign.
The Nigeria international only has 12 months remaining on his current deal but, crucially, he would not be eligible for a Bosman free transfer next summer as he would still be under the age of 24.
Whelan, though, feels he would be better served staying put and continuing his football education under the watchful eye of Roberto Martinez.
“I personally have told Victor he requires another 12 months minimum under Roberto’s guidance before he thinks about moving to a top club,” Whelan revealed.
“He has come on so much in the last two years – and that is purely down to Roberto’s help.
“I told him when he signed for Wigan that we’d let him go when the time was right and a big club came in for him. In my opinion he’s not quite ready for that yet, but another year working with Roberto and he might be.”