Third bid rejected for Perch

James Perch in action for Latics during pre-season
James Perch in action for Latics during pre-season

WIGAN Athletic are refusing to be bullied into selling club captain James Perch on the cheap.

The Evening Post understands Latics have turned down a THIRD bid from QPR, who are aiming to bounce back from the disappointment of relegation from the Premier League.

Perch, voted Player of the Year in each of his two seasons since joining Latics from Newcastle, was a rare beacon of light in the car crash that was last term.

He has been widely expected to join the likes of James McClean and Scott Carson in leaving the club this summer.

But Latics are determined to dig in their heels and hold out for their full valuation of the 29-year-old who took over the captaincy from Emmerson Boyce last season.

Perch, who still has two years remaining on his contract, cost Latics around £700,000 when then-boss Owen Coyle swooped in the summer of 2013.

And it may well take an offer approaching that mark to get the deal over the line.

Latics are well aware that Rangers are expected to cash in on £15million Charlie Austin this summer, and are will continue to play hardball to get their share of the pot.