Wigan Athletic closing in on midfield acquisition

Wigan Athletic are expected to make Portsmouth captain Tom Naylor their third summer signing.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 10:31 am
Updated Friday, 11th June 2021, 10:34 am
Tom Naylor scores against Latics for Burton back in 2016
Tom Naylor scores against Latics for Burton back in 2016

The 29-year-old midfielder, who played in all 53 of Pompey's games last season, had been offered a new deal at Fratton Park.

But he has elected to move on for one final challenge in his career.

Naylor had been close to joining his hometown club Mansfield and manager Nigel Clough - with whom he'd previously worked at Derby County.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

But after completing a medical with the League Two outfit - run by former Latics chairman David Sharpe - Naylor's head was turned by Latics' late interest.

It's now understood he'll follow in the footsteps of Portsmouth defender Jack Whatmough and Ipswich forward Gwion Edwards in bolstering the Latics ranks ahead of the new campaign.

Elsewhere, Kyle Joseph is expected to complete his move to Championship outfit Swansea in the next 24 hours.

Latics would receive a sizeable fee for the out-of-contract striker, given he is under the age of 24.

Get 20% off our sports subscription package and stay up to date with all the latest Wigan Athletic news with a year’s subscription to WiganToday for less than 9p a day. Use promo code TRANSFER20