ROBERTO Martinez is poised to kick off his summer spending spree with five weeks to go before the start of the new Premier League season.
The Wigan boss has been biding his time before making his move, but the Evening Post understands Aberdeen wonderkid Fraser Fyvie is on his way to the DW.
Fyvie, 19, is out of contract at Pittodrie at the end of the year, and has already expressed a desire to continue his career south of the border.
Latics are believed to be in pole position to stave off interest from Fulham and Norwich and seal a deal for the midfielder.
The Scottish market has proved very fruitful for Martinez in the past with James McCarthy, James McArthur, Shaun Maloney, Conor Sammon and skipper Gary Caldwell already having made the trip down the M6.
And hopes are high that Fyvie could be next on the production line of Tartan talent to rock up in Wigan.
“I need to go to progress my career,” Fyvie has admitted. “I feel it’s the right time for me to try my luck elsewhere and see what happens.
“I may be taking a big gamble, but sometimes you have to take a risk. I feel I want to go and challenge myself.”
Fyvie has made 66 appearances for Aberdeen, scoring three goals, and has represented Scotland at Under-19 and Under-21 level.
Martinez is looking to bolster his squad after losing Hugo Rodallega, Momo Diame, Chris Kirkland, Steve Gohouri and Hendry Thomas this summer.
He’s also believed to be chasing Real Mallorca’s Ivan Ramis, although he faces competition from Aston Villa and Sunderland for the centre-back’s signature.
However, rumours suggesting Latics have been given permission to speak to Crystal Palace full-back Nathaniel Clyne are believed to be wide of the mark.
And one-time Latics target Adrian Mariappa has been given the green light by Watford to join Premier League new-boys Reading.