Caldwell revels in Alex capture

Alex Revell tries on his Latics shirt
Alex Revell tries on his Latics shirt

WIGAN Athletic boss Gary Caldwell has finally got his man after landing Cardiff striker Alex Revell on a two-and-a-half-month loan deal.

Revell was a target for Latics during the summer transfer window, but remained in South Wales with the Bluebirds.

The 32-year-old has made 11 appearances this term, managing one goal in the Capital One Cup defeat at MK Dons in August.

And he has been allowed to move to the DW Stadium on a short-term basis to get some games under his belt.

“We’re delighted to finally get Alex,” acknowledged Caldwell.

“He’s somebody who I spoke to in the summer, and we tried to get a deal done right up until the last few hours of the transfer window, but we couldn’t get it over the line.

“He became available again on Sunday evening, and we’ve worked very hard to get a deal over the line.

“I’ve got to thank the chairman and the chief executive for getting this deal done for us, because Alex is a quality addition to our squad.

“He brings us a lot of energy, he puts himself about because he’s big, strong and physical, and he’s been scoring goals throughout his career.

“He’s been playing at a higher level with Cardiff in the Championship, and he comes in fit and ready to play for us.

“He adds great competition to an already talented group of strikers.”

Latics had been looking for striking reinforcements having recently offloaded Grant Holt to Wolves and seen loan striker Shaq Coulthirst return to parent club Tottenham.

Revell will provide competition for Craig Davies, Jordy Hiwula and Will Grigg, who will miss this weekend’s trip to Rochdale because of international duty.

The Cambridge-born target man moved to Cardiff midway through last term from fellow Championship side Rotherham.

Latics fans will remember him scoring the winner for the Millers in their 2-1 victory at the DW in December 2014.

He’d previously played for Leyton Orient, Wycombe, Swindon, Southend, Brighton, Kettering and his home-town club.

Revell has scored 89 goals in 468 career games, and will provide experience at a crucial stage of the campaign.

The move is subject to international clearance.