CHESTERFIELD star Sam Clucas could become Gary Caldwell’s first signing as Wigan Athletic manager.
Latics are hot on the trail of the 24-year-old winger, and last night had a bid believed to be in the region of £500,000 turned down.
With Latics poised to lose in-demand Player of the Year James McClean this summer, a new left winger is clearly a priority.
And Caldwell looks set to test the Spireites’ resolve with a second bid – although he’ll have to move quickly with at least one other club also having submitted an unsuccessful bid.
Clucas played a key role in the Spireites’ push for promotion from League One until their play-offs hopes were ended by Preston earlier this month.
He contributed nine goals from 38 matches in his first campaign at Chesterfield following his arrival from Mansfield Town last summer.
After coming through the ranks at Leicester City, Clucas spent time with non-league Nettleham, Lincoln and Hereford – via a two-year scholarship at the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain – before getting his career back on track.
Meanwhile, chairman David Sharpe says Latics have made their ‘final’ new contract offer to club captain Emmerson Boyce. The 35-year-old is out of contract this summer after nine years at the DW Stadium.
He told this week’s Wigan Observer of his ‘disappointment’ over the club’s ‘laughable’ offer to retain his services on a pay-as-you-play basis.
While hailing Boyce’s qualities, Sharpe is adamant there is no room for negotiation.
“Emmerson has been a great servant to this club over nine seasons, on and off the field,” said Sharpe.
“We have made him an offer which we feel reflects this, not forgetting the fact that he turns 36 in September.
“I’ve made Emmerson what I feel is a very respectable final offer, and I would love him to accept.
“But if that is not the case then as a club we wish him all the best for the future.”
Latics remain hopeful of tying Jermaine Pennant to a new deal after an impressive short-term spell last term.