WOLVES winger Adam Hammill has emerged as a shock transfer target for Wigan Athletic.
The Evening Post can exclusively reveal that Hammill is on Roberto Martinez’s January radar.
Hammill, 23, joined Wolves from Barnsley for £500,000 exactly 12 months ago today, with Latics one of a number of clubs pipped to his signature.
Now, it seems, Martinez could get his man second time round after Hammill slipped down the Molineux pecking order.
Latics have been priced out of a move for Tottenham winger Giovani Dos Santos.
But Hammill – who came through the ranks at Liverpool and scored 12 goals in 70 appearances for Barnsley before Wolves activated a release clause in his contract – is within budget.
Martinez is seeking at least two reinforcements to his squad this month, and has both domestic loans still available after Patrick van Aanholt’s return to Chelsea.
Blackburn midfielder Keith Andrews remains a target, while Leeds pair Ross McCormack and Adam Clayton are also reportedly on the Wigan boss’ wishlist.
“It is not about finding that super player who can come in and save our season,” said Martinez. “That is not the way we are and that is not the way we work.
“I think it is a player who can help the players we already have here. The group is very strong, but we need to look at a couple of options that could help.”
Martinez, meanwhile, is confident Latics can smash their capital jinx at QPR tomorrow afternoon.
Last season’s victory at Tottenham remains Wigan’s only win in London since December 2006, but Martinez believes all records – good or bad – are there to be broken.
“I do like stats, because I feel it is the only way to achieve things,” he added.
“As an example, one person ran the 100 metres in under 10 seconds for the first time, and all of a sudden you had four or five people doing it.
“There is a mental approach, and stats give you a motivation to achieve things. I don’t think they stop you getting somewhere, I think it is the opposite.
“Records are there to be re-written, and that is something we have been doing at Wigan.
“Not long ago we had not beaten a top four club – two years ago we beat three of them. We keep beating the odds, and probably those little challenges are something that are important to us.”