Caldwell hoping for double deadline day delight

Grant Holt
Grant Holt

WIGAN Athletic boss Gary Caldwell is hoping to receive a welcome double dose of good news on the striking front this transfer deadline day.

The Latics chief is keeping his fingers firmly crossed that his attempts to bring in a new striker ahead of the 6pm deadline is successful, with David Sharpe and Jonathan Jackson working round the clock to secure another addition – Wigan’s 18th of the summer.

Caldwell admitted at the weekend he was ‘very hopeful of making another signing that will definitely improve us’, with a new striker top of his list of priorities.

Latics are down to the bare bones in the striking ranks at present following the sale of Billy Mckay to Dundee United last week.

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Will Grigg is unavailable for this weekend’s trip to Chesterfield after being called-up by Northern Ireland, leaving Craig Davies – who is still short of full fitness – as the only available senior centre-forward.

Huddersfield hitman James Vaughan is understood to be at the top of Caldwell’s wishlist, having been told he can leave the John Smith’s Stadium.

Caldwell will also be an interested spectator at this afternoon’s behind-closed-doors reserve-team friendly, with forgotten man Grant Holt expected to make his first appearance for eight months following a serious knee injury.

“Good news, got good test results back for the knee so 30 mins for the reserves on Tuesday,” tweeted Holt. “8 months has been a long time.”

The 34-year-old damaged his cruciate ligament in the final game of his loan spell at Huddersfield last term, wrecking any chance he had of returning to Wigan to help their fight against the drop.

But Holt admits he has ‘unfinished business’ at the DW, and could be the man to save Caldwell a further fortune in the transfer market.