Martinez may splash cash

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez

ROBERTO Martinez wouldn’t hesitate to splash the cash on a star recruit – despite the lack of success with Mauro Boselli.

Wigan paid a club-record £6million for the striker but he scored only once – in the Carling Cup – before being shipped out on loan spells with Genoa and then former club Estudiantes.

But that experience has not deterred Martinez from spending big again, according to chief executive Jonathan Jackson.

“I don’t think it would necessarily put us off spending that kind of money on a player again,” he said.

“If the budget allows it, and if Roberto wanted a player, we would spend that kind of money again, no question.

“If we can bring in the right player for the right price, and it’s someone who the manager wanted to bring in, then that’s what we’ll do.

“We’re trying to build a team here for the future, to try and break into the top 10 of the Premier League.”

Boselli is due back at Wigan this summer – he has two years remaining on his deal –and Jackson has left the door ajar for a possible return to their line-up.

Martinez will be one of ITV’s pundits for the Euro 2012 tournament, and will be keeping a close eye out for possible recruits as he looks to bolster his playing ranks.

Jackson added: “Sometimes you don’t need to spend that kind of money (£6m) – as you’ve seen with some of the players we’ve managed to bring in to the football club.

“Roberto has been very astute on the whole with the players he’s brought in – Victor (Moses), Antolin (Alcaraz), the two Jameses (McCarthy and McArthur), Shaun (Maloney), Franco (di Santo) – all quality players who didn’t cost a fortune.”