Malky on lookout for some reinforcements

Wigan's Ali Al Habsi was kept busy against Bolton
Wigan's Ali Al Habsi was kept busy against Bolton

MALKY Mackay is hopeful of bringing in ‘one if not two’ signings this week as he focuses on the job of keeping Wigan Athletic in the Championship.

Latics bowed out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle over the weekend courtesy of a 1-0 defeat at Bolton, their first defeat in normal time in the competition for three years.

That means Mackay and his side can solely concentrate between now and May 2 on dragging themselves out of the relegation mire.

And with the January transfer window now open, Mackay is hoping for reinforcements sooner rather than later.

“Obviously that’s something we’re trying to make happen,” the Wigan boss recognised.

“You need a fair wind for that to happen, but it is something I will be trying to do - to get one, if not two, in this week.

“We need to freshen things up and, if we can get the right players in, of quality, then we will try to do that. Mr Whelan is allowing that to happen, he’s been very positive as far as that’s concerned.”

There will also be plenty of outgoings this month, with striker Oriol Riera poised to be the first one out of the door.

“We are in advanced talks with Deportivo La Coruna for Oriol to go there on loan,” revealed Mackay.

“We felt it’s in the best interests of both parties and hopefully something will be tied up in the next day or two.”

Mackay also confirmed Latics have turned down one bid for Shaun Maloney, whose half-time introduction off the bench at Bolton helped energise the visitors.

“There have been four or five enquiries on Shaun,” admitted Mackay.

“One bid has been rejected, and we will play that by ear.

“It will be a club decision, but I have to say he has been excellent as a professional.

“He came on at Bolton and did terrific, nearly nicking a draw for us at the end.

“He has massive quality, but he has six months left on his contract, it’s frustrating.

“There’s not much I can do about that. It’s something that may be out of my control.

“Obviously I want to keep my best players but that is not always something you can do.”

Striker Andy Delort was again not involved at the Macron, the Frenchman watching the game from the away end where he posed for photographs with supporters.

Delort is expected to depart during the transfer window, but Mackay reported that ‘nothing is pending’.

Mackay also hopes to have midfielder Emyr Huws back in the fold by mid-January after an ankle problem.

“Emyr twisted his ankle three weeks ago in training that was serious enough to rule him out for a few weeks,” added Mackay.

“He’ll have another week’s worth of rehab before he comes back in to join the group.”