Ramis poised for Latics switch

Middlesbrough's Joseph Desire Job battles with Real Mallorca's Ivan Ramis
Middlesbrough's Joseph Desire Job battles with Real Mallorca's Ivan Ramis

LATICS are set to make Spaniard Ivan Ramis their second summer signing today.

Chairman Dave Whelan has confirmed that the club had agreed a fee with Real Mallorca for the defender and he had passed a medical.

Roberto Martinez is set for talks with the 27-year-old and it is expected that a deal will be reached imminently.

Ramis was also linked with West Ham United but their capture of James Collins yesterday signalled the end of that move, with Whelan revealing that the Spaniard has turned down a move to the top flight new-boys.

Instead, he will now hook up with fellow countryman Martinez at Wigan, who are currently preparing for their eighth season in the Premier League.

“He has passed his medical and it is being concluded,” Whelan told ESPN.

“It’s down to the influence of Roberto because the player doesn’t speak English and didn’t want to go to West Ham who had already agreed a deal.

“But Roberto asked me to go out to Mallorca where I met their chairman and with the club in receivership, they accepted my offer and then I went to see the player.”

Should the deal be concluded in the next couple of days, there is a chance that Ramis could make his Wigan debut against his former club this weekend.

Latics announced yesterday that a friendly against Real Mallorca has been arranged for this Sunday at the DW Stadium.

The La Liga outfit will provide tough opposition for Martinez’s men who head into their fifth pre-season game with an unbeaten record.

Latics’ final friendly will see them travel to Celta Vigo, a week later on Sunday, August 12.

Martinez said: “Mallorca will represent a really good test as they are on the back of a tremendous second half to the season finishing eighth in La Liga, and (Joaquin) Caparros has developed a really strong side to play against and a very talented team with an exciting future.

“Their defensive record is very impressive and they are a very well balanced group which will present the perfect exercise for both teams in this pre-season.”

Kick-off on Sunday will be at 4pm and entrance to the game is payable on the gate with adult tickets priced at £10 and concessions £5.

Only the Springfield Stand will be opened for the match.