Scharner to make dramatic Wigan return

Former West Brom player Paul Scharner looks like he is heading back to Wigan on loan
Former West Brom player Paul Scharner looks like he is heading back to Wigan on loan

PAUL Scharner is on the verge of a sensational return to Wigan Athletic after Roberto Martinez last night confirmed he is hoping to re-sign the Austrian before the transfer deadline.

Scharner broke Wigan’s Premier League appearance record during his four-and-a-half-year stay at the DW, which ended when his contract expired in 2010.

After two years at West Brom, Scharner moved to Hamburg in the Bundesliga last summer, but is ready to return on loan until the end of the season.

“We always plan to do our transfer dealings well in advance, and we did that with Angelo Henriquez and Roger Espinoza,” admitted Martinez after last night’s 2-2 draw with Stoke.

“The injury to Ivan Ramis has complicated matters, and we are looking to bring in one or two players before the deadline.”

The Spaniard admitted Scharner was one of those players, and a deal is expected to be completed within the next 24 hours.

Latics are out of the bottom three on goal difference after coming back from two goals down to secure a precious point in a real game of two halves at the Britannia.

It looked all over when Peter Crouch put the Potters two up at the start of the second half, but goals from James McArthur and Franco di Santo restored parity.

“We should have won the game – it was two points lost,” Martinez added.

“I thought it was a fascinating game and it was one we could easily have won.

“To be able to fight back from a two-goal deficit in the manner we did shows how good a performance it was.

“We were so dominant, especially in that second half, Stoke only has three shots and no corners. That says it all.”