Latics hopeful of new Hugo deal

Hugo Rodallega
Hugo Rodallega

WIGAN Athletic remain hopeful of securing Hugo Rodallega to a new contract, with the matter expected to come to head over the next few weeks.

Wigan’s all-time record Premier League goalscorer is out of contract at the end of the season and, as things stand, would be able to talk to interested parties from January 1 ahead of a summer transfer.

But chief executive Jonathan Jackson admitted the club are doing everything they can to keep him at Wigan.

“We are still talking with Hugo’s agent, and I would say the talks are currently at a delicate stage,” Jackson told the Observer.

“It’s not been easy with his agent being over in Colombia, but things are ongoing which I think is positive.

“Hugo’s assessing his options at the moment, which he is entitled to do, but we all remain hopeful that he will stay at Wigan Athletic .”

The Colombian is struggling for form at the moment, and it yet to find the net this season. But the reputation he has cultivated during his three years at Wigan means there would be no shortage of interested parties should he decide his future lies elsewhere.

“I don’t want to go into the finer points, but it’s not a money situation,” Jackson added.

“It’s more about where Hugo sees his future, and that’s what he’s been considering.

“I wouldn’t want to put too concrete a timescale on it, but we’d certainly want it resolved before the January transfer window.

“For both parties, I think it would be best to have things sorted by then, then we both know where we are.

“These things always take time, but we all want Hugo to extend his contact and fingers crossed that will be the case.”