Rosler: “We have other targets”

Cameron Jerome in action for Crystal Palace
Cameron Jerome in action for Crystal Palace

UWE Rosler admits Wigan Athletic are still chasing ‘one or two’ transfer targets after narrowly missing out on Cameron Jerome.

Latics were pipped to the signature of the big striker in midweek when he elected to join Norwich from Cardiff.

But with just over a week of the transfer window to go, the Wigan boss is still actively seeking attacking reinforcements.

“We were confident we had a good chance, but in the end it wasn’t a huge surprise Cameron Jerome went to Norwich,” acknowledged Rosler.

“We accept we missed out, we wish him all the best and we move on to the next one.

“He wasn’t the first player we’ve missed out on this summer. Of course we have other players in mind but, with a week to go of the transfer window, there’s not much out there.

“We have to be 100 per cent sure when we go for a player that he is the one.

“And the good news is we have good recruitment people in our club who have been monitoring the transfer market for a long time, not just the last few weeks.

“There are still one or two targets out there who realistically we can get.”

Rosler also reported nothing doing in reports Burnley have made an improved offer for midfielder James McArthur.

“I told (chief executive) Jonathan Jackson to only contact me if there was serious interest in any of our players,” revealed Rosler.

“The first bid for James was nowhere, and not something I should even need to think about.

“I’ve not had any feedback from Jonathan since the first bid, and in that respect I am happy not hearing back until the end of the window.”

In the meantime, Rosler has been preparing his side for this afternoon’s visit of Blackpool.

Latics go into the game looking for their first win of the campaign at the fifth attempt, but Rosler insists they’re not far off.

“I have seen all the footballing and physical stats from the Cardiff game, and they were very encouraging compared to the Reading and Charlton games,” he added.

“There was enormous improvement, and if we can reproduce that against Blackpool I am hopeful there will be only one winner.

“But it is a very dangerous scenario for us. I would actually prefer to play against a team like Cardiff where you know what you are going to get.

“Against Blackpool you never know what you’re going to get. Everyone wrote them off after what happened in pre-season, but it’s them against the world – and when you have that spirit you have a chance wherever you go.”