Cash there for Uwe to spend, says Jackson

West Ham United's Matt Taylor and Cardiff City's Nicky Maynard (right)
West Ham United's Matt Taylor and Cardiff City's Nicky Maynard (right)

JONATHAN Jackson insists the funds are there for Uwe Rosler to spend in the transfer window – if the right men become available.

Latics have been relatively quiet so far this month, the only movement being the return to parent clubs of loanees Ryan Shotton (Stoke) and Will Keane (Manchester United).

But there is expected to be plenty of movement – in and out – before the window slams shut on January 31.

And Jackson says the new manager will be backed wherever possible as he attempts to bolster his squad for the run-in.

“We will invest if the right players becomes available,” Jackson told the Evening Post.

“A huge proportion of the squad are good enough – we just need to add a bit more creativity and a goal threat and we’ll be satisfied.

“We feel we’ve got a strong squad. I think defensively we’ve been good, especially since Uwe has come in, but we have struggled to score goals.

“We’ve got a good run going and – having changed so many players in the summer as we had to do – it’s important we don’t make wholesale changes again, because it takes a while for those players to gel.

“It’s important we try to ensure we end the window stronger than we began it to keep our momentum going – but not change too much.”

Hull centre-back Jack Hobbs, on a season-long loan with Nottingham Forest, remains a target after Tigers boss Steve Bruce revealed Latics had made their interest known.

But it’s in the attacking department where Latics are expected to focus their attention, with Cardiff striker Nicky Maynard strongly linked with a loan move to the DW.

Roberto Martinez failed to bring the 27-year-old – then at Bristol City – to Wigan two years ago, but it’s hoped they will have better luck this time.

And Rosler expects most of his January dealings to be loan swoops rather than permanent deals.

“We will have a look what is out there, but I don’t feel there is a lot of room to be making long-term signings,” the Wigan boss said.

“I am very much looking at the loan market, first and foremost.

“In summer, I think there will be more activity in general than now.”