GARY Caldwell insists Wigan Athletic won’t fall into the trap of over-committing themselves in the transfer market as they seek an immediate return to the Championship.
The Latics boss has made three signings already this summer – goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell, defender Craig Morgan and midfielder David Perkins.
We did as much as we could, but I think we also have to be clever in the position we’re inGary Caldwell
The trio were all picked up without a fee, with Latics having to cut their cloth accordingly following relegation to League One.
Caldwell is also believed to have agreed a fee in the region of £50,000 for Bolton forward Sanmi Odelusi, while Max Power’s move from Tranmere looks like heading for a tribunal with him being under the age of 24.
Having banked around £2million from the summer sales of James McClean, Scott Carson and Rob Kiernan, Caldwell does have money to spend on the right player – such as Chesterfield winger Sam Clucas.
However, Latics have already had two bids turned down for the 24-year-old, the second believed to be in the region of £1million.
And Caldwell has had to call time on his pursuit of his top transfer target, and will instead set his sights elsewhere.
“Sam is somebody we looked at, he was one of the best players in League One last year,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.
“We did as much as we could, but I think we also have to be clever in the position we’re in.
“There comes a point where enough is enough.
“We did all we could, we made substantial bids to try to make it happen.
“But Chesterfield chose not to accept, which is well within their rights, and we move on to other targets.
“That will always be the case – we will do our very best to get in the best players we can.
“But we won’t do so outside the financial parameters we’re working within.”
Caldwell refused to close the door on the possibility of landing Clucas, but says the Spireites will have to lower their demands in order to resurrect a deal.
“Nothing’s ever dead, not in this industry,” he added. “But it’s fair to say it has stalled.”
The Scot also confirmed Jermaine Pennant will not be signing a permanent deal at the DW after a successful short-term spell last term.
“I think Jermaine will be moving on,” Caldwell said.
“We made him a very good offer, probably as much as we could have given the club’s position. He was a player I desperately wanted to keep, and we tried to do that. But he has chosen to go elsewhere.”