Whelan wants Shaun Wright-Phillips

WIGAN chairman Dave Whelan has revealed that Roberto Martinez is keen on bringing Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips to the club.

Wright-Phillips, 29, made just two Premier League starts for City last season and looks certain to leave Eastlands three years after he rejoined the club from Chelsea.

Whelan said: “It’s true that we are interested in Shaun Wright-Phillips and I am sure that he would love it at Wigan because in Roberto Martinez we have a great manager.

“But am I confident we can get him? Well confidence is something that you can’t have at this time of the year.

“We would certainly like him to come to Wigan but we don’t know what he wants in terms of wages. There is a long way to go, but Roberto does fancy bringing him to Wigan.”

Bolton remain favourites to sign the England international, with Trotters defender Zat Knight recently claiming that Wright-Phillips wanted to join him at the Reebok Stadium.

“Shaun’s a very good friend of mine and, speaking to him, he’d love to come to Bolton,” Knight said.

It’s believed Wright-Phillips could be priced at as little as £3 million as Roberto Mancini is keen for him to move on; the former Chelsea man had seemed destined to leave in the January transfer window, but an injury to Adam Johnson meant he was retained as extra cover

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Wigan have handed a contract to teenager Adam Dawson just weeks after leaving Bury.

The 18-year-old was without a club until his successful trial in front of Martinez.

“I got into a few training sessions,” Dawson told the Bury Times. “Then we had a game two days later against Everton, and, knowing that Martinez was watching me, I had to prove a point. But it was difficult with all the pressure.

“But I hung in there, and did well. The next morning Chris (Postle) called me and said they’d offered me a contract.”

The youngster has been told by Martinez he stands a chance of playing for the DW Stadium club in the FA Cup and League Cup and will be attached to the first team squad at the start of the season.