Latics will bide time in transfer market

Wigan Athletic's Nouha Dicko, who is wanted for a season-long loan by Blackpool
Wigan Athletic's Nouha Dicko, who is wanted for a season-long loan by Blackpool

WIGAN Athletic will not be making any moves in the transfer market until after the European Championships, according to Dave Whelan.

The Latics chairman has confirmed the club are running the rule over a number of targets, but says the action in Poland and Ukraine has put everything on hold for the time being.

Roberto Martinez admitted at the end of last term that he wanted to get all of his business done before the start of the Euros, with ‘four or five’ names on his wish-list.

But the speculation linking the Spaniard with managerial vacancies at Liverpool and Aston Villa seemingly put paid to those hopes.

And Whelan doesn’t expect the summer transfer merry-go-round to really get going until the start of next month.“Roberto is still over at the Euros, watching plenty of matches and plenty of players,” he told the Evening Post.

“We have a number of scouts over there as well so we are having a good look at the players on offer.

“I’ve no doubt there will be some movement on that score, but it won’t be until after the tournament has finished, that’s for sure.”

Aside from new deals for James McArthur and Mike Pollitt, the only off-season movement has been outgoing, with Momo Diame joining West Ham and Chris Kirkland going to Sheffield Wednesday – both on Bosman free transfers.

Victor Moses has also been the subject of a failed bid from Chelsea, with Latics determined to keep hold of their wing wizard – and hopefully even extend his contract beyond next summer.

The situation with Moses will have a huge bearing on Blackpool’s attempts to take Nouha Dicko on loan for another season.

Dicko enjoyed a hugely-productive second half to last term on loan at Bloomfield Road, with the Tangerines coming within 90 minutes of a return to the top flight only to fall to West Ham in the play-off final. The Frenchman scored four goals in his 10 league games, and the Evening Post understands Ian Holloway will contact Wigan to try to thrash out a similar arrangement for next season.

Meanwhile, Wigan’s 2011-12 season review DVD, entitled “I’m a Believer”, is now on sale from the usual outlets priced £12.99.

Containing all the magical moments from the season – like skipper Gary Caldwell’s Anfield winner and Shaun Maloney’s sweet strike against Manchester United – it features exclusive commentary on every goal scored for and against Latics in the Premier League, with analysis from manager Roberto Martinez.