SHAUN Maloney’s continuing injury problems could see Latics making a loan move for Arsenal forward Park Chu-Young.
The South Koreainternational is being strongly linked with a move to the DW to bolster Owen Coyle’s attacking options.
Park is in his third season at Arsenal since moving from Monaco, but has made just one substitute appearance in the Premier League.
And with one eye on next summer’s World Cup, he is desperate for first-team football.
Latics have had a striker shortage this term, with Grant Holt and Marc-Antoine Fortune both suffering with injury.
Holt returned to the bench after several weeks out for last weekend’s win over Blackburn, scoring the equaliser.
And Fortune is expected back after hamstring trouble for the trip to Blackpool on Saturday week.
However, Coyle is keen to add a third striker to his squad, and was thwarted in his attempts to land Jordan Rhodes before the transfer deadline.
And the uncertainty surrounding Maloney – with Latics still waiting to hear the full extent of the back problem that has sidelined him for a month – may persuade Coyle to make his move during the international break.
Latics have sold out their 2,300 allocation for the Championship clash at Blackpool on October 19.
Meanwhile, Blackpool manager Paul Ince has been banned from stadiums for five games and fined £4,000 after abusing and threatening a match official.