Caldwell’s big hunt for new faces

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

GARY Caldwell is actively chasing several transfer targets as he attempts to bolster his Wigan Athletic squad before the start of pre-season.

The Latics chief has seen two more members of his first-team pool depart this week – James McClean to West Brom and Rob Kiernan yesterday completing his switch to Rangers.

It leaves Caldwell worryingly low on numbers with the majority of his first-team squad due back for the first day of pre-season training tomorrow.

Jermaine Pennant, who enjoyed a successful short-term spell in the latter part of last term, remains a target, although he is currently assessing his options.

In the meantime, Caldwell is continuing his efforts to bring in reinforcements in defence , midfield and attack ahead of the new term.

Latics still have a live interest in Chesterfield winger Sam Clucas, having seen a couple of bids turned down.They’ve also been linked with Sheffield United forward Matt Done and Leeds hot-shot Billy Sharp, while the name of Bolton winger Sanmi Odelusi has also been thrown into the pot.

Caldwell has so far swooped for three players this summer – goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell, midfielder David Perkins and centre-back Craig Morgan. The arrival of Morgan signalled the end of Kiernan’s time at the DW, with Latics pocketing around £200,000 from Rangers.

“It was a big decision for me to move up here,” Kiernan told Rangers’ website.

“This is a massive club, probably bigger than anywhere I’ve played before. No disrespect to them, but this is on another level.”