HARRISON Hansen was last night on the verge of completing a move to Salford.
The 28-year-old is thought to have agreed a deal with the ambitious Reds, who could confirm his capture within days.
Talks have dragged on for the past two weeks, but it is understood an agreement has now been reached.
Wigan will be due a fee to compensate them for the final year of his contract.
Hansen, who was unavailable for comment, has spent 10 years in the Wigan first-team and had been granted a joint testimonial for next season with Paul Prescott.
Wigan are expected to travel to face Workington on January 26 in a benefit game for Prescott.
Hansen’s departure would free up money under the salary cap, should Shaun Wane choose to bring in reinforcements.
But the coach already has a wealth of competition for second-row spots.
With Liam Farrell nailing down the left-side spot, Wane could hand ex-London captain Tony Clubb first chance in Hansen’s old spot.
Jack Hughes, Greg Burke and John Bateman – signed from Bradford – are other options, while NRL recruit Eddy Pettybourne can play prop or second-row.
Meanwhile, doubts still hang over the future of Andy Powell. The 32-year-old has been linked with a return to rugby union after just five matches for the Warriors.
Prop Epa Lauaki’s future is also believed to be away from Wigan.