West Brom move in for Wigan’s McManaman

Wigan's Callum McManaman
Wigan's Callum McManaman

CALLUM McManaman’s future is up in the air after West Brom tabled an offer in the region of £4million for the Wigan Athletic winger.

The 23-year-old has been the subject of plenty of speculation during the January transfer window, with several clubs understood to be trailing him.

And the Baggies have stolen a march on the likes of QPR, Hull City and Championship leaders Bournemouth by showing their hand over the weekend.

The offer is below Wigan’s valuation of the man of the match in the 2013 FA Cup final, and a player Malky Mackay is on record as saying he hopes to keep at the DW Stadium.

However, a further bid nearer the £5million mark may test the resolve of the club to hold on to arguably their most prized asset.

Mackay is resigned to losing players during this month, with 10 of his first-team squad out of contract at the end of the campaign.

But there is no pressing need to cash in on McManaman, who extended his contract only 15 months ago and has two-and-a-half years remaining on that deal.

Mackay was asked about the situation immediately after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn, which completed McManaman’s three-match ban for his recent sending-
off against Sheffield Wednesday.

“Lots of clubs have come in asking whether we’d swap him for someone on loan, but that’s ridiculous,” Mackay said.

“It would take an awful lot of money for Callum to leave this football club. That would be a board decision.”

Mackay also revealed he is hopeful of bringing in at least one player this week to bolster his squad for the relegation run-in.

Centre-back Liam Ridgewell is the only new addition so far, on a six-week loan from MLS outfit Portland Timbers.

But Mackay acknowledges his current squad – while high on numbers – could do with an injection of quality before the end of the transfer window.

“We’re certainly working hard on that,” he added.

“I’m hoping that this week we might see some joy.

“You never know, but we’re certainly trying our hardest to freshen up the squad here.

“I need to stamp my authority on the squad in terms of reshaping it, and we certainly need to do a bit of work at the moment.”