Caldwell closes in on new targets

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

LATICS have turned their attentions to Sheffield United winger Matt Done after having an enhanced bid for Sam Clucas rejected.

It’s understood they raised their offer for Clucas by £200,000 to £1m, but his current club Chesterfield knocked back the offer.

Gary Caldwell has now targeted Done as a player who can bolster their promotion-credentials as they prepare for the start of League One in less than two months’ time.

The development emerged as they accepted a bid from Rangers for defender Rob Kiernan.

He would become boss Mark Warburton’s first summer signing after Wigan accepted a fee, thought to be around £200,000.

Kiernan was also wanted by Birmingham City, where he spent part of last season on loan and worked alongside Warburton - City’s then-academy boss.

James McClean, the club’s player of the season, is also expected to take a step closer to the exit door as talks continued with West Brom.

Wigan accepted a fee for the Republic of Ireland international - thought to be close to £1.5m - for him to link up with his former Latics team-mate Callum McManaman at the Premier League outfit.

Latics fans were resigned to losing McClean once they were relegated from the Championship at the end of the season.

Now the new fixtures have been revealed, attention on the pending campaign has come under sharper focus.

Done, 26, started his career at Wrexham and had stints at Hereford, Rochdale, Barnsley and Hibs before landing at League One Sheffield United earlier this year.

He made a goal-scoring debut in February and, though he has two years left on his deal, Caldwell hopes to prise him away.

The Scot has already recruited three players for the new season.

Keeper Richard O’Donnell (Walsall), midfielder David Perkins (Blackpool) and defender Craig Morgan (Rotherham) will become Wigan players once their deals with their existing clubs expire.

Pre-season training is expected to start at Christopher Park next Wednesday.