Caldwell is facing fight to bring in Max Power

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

WIGAN Athletic have a fight on their hands if they see Tranmere star Max Power as the man to fuel their promotion push from League One next term.

The midfielder is being strongly linked with a move to the DW Stadium following Rovers’ relegation to the Conference.

Power, 21, is out of contract this summer and, although he’d command a fee as he’s under the age of 24, there is a queue forming of interested clubs.

Despite his age, Power has already captained Rovers and it’s believed he’s more than ready for the next step.

Scottish giants Celtic had him watched last season and Burnley, Sheffield Wednesday and Rangers have also been linked.

Power has made 127 appearances for Rovers during his five years at Prenton Park, scoring 19 times.

Latics also remain interested in Chesterfield winger Sam Clucas, having had one bid – believed to be in the region of £500,000 – turned down.

Boss Gary Caldwell is mulling over whether to go in with a second offer, although Championship outfit Cardiff appear to be favourites to land him.

Chairman David Sharpe has recruited two players so far this summer, David Perkins from Blackpool and Richard O’Donnell from Walsall – both on free transfers.

He’s been content to let Caldwell steer the ship with transfer targets.

“I don’t get too involved in all that, I’ll leave it to the manager,” said Sharpe.

“Football is his department, he’s the expert. I’ll only get involved when it comes to the money side.”