Caldwell targets further firepower

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

GARY Caldwell is targeting further firepower after making Bolton forward Sanmi Odelusi his sixth summer signing for Wigan Athletic.

Odelusi last night put pen to paper on a three-year contract to bring down the curtain on a similar-length stay with the Wanderers.

After landing goalkeeper Richard O’Donnell, defenders Craig Morgan and Donervon Daniels as well as midfielders David Perkins and Max Power, it’s Caldwell’s first move to solve the goalscoring problem that dogged Latics last term.

With three significant bids for other attacking players on the table, the Latics boss admits it’s an area he is desperate to strengthen.

“I don’t think you can ever have too many quality strikers,” Caldwell told Wigan Today.

“If you had six strikers who can score goals, that’s obviously going to stand you in good stead, giving you that firepower.

“I’m speaking to Jonathan (Jackson) and the chairman (David Sharpe) regularly and we’re doing everything we can to get the best players we can to help us.”

Odelusi, who came through the ranks at QPR and Reading, is hoping to kickstart his career at the DW.

The 22-year-old struggled to nail down a regular start at the Macron Stadium, but he did show his eye for goal last term by bagging three goals in just four starts on loan at Coventry City – where Latics kick-off their League One campaign in little over a month’s time.

Another Bolton forward, Craig Davies, has also been linked with Latics along with Rotherham’s Matt Derbyshire and Leeds United’s Billy Sharp.

David Ball has been training with the club as he attempts to win a contract following his release from Fleetwood Town.

It promises to be an all-new striking roster for Latics next term with Oriol Riera, Andy Delort and Marc-Antoine Fortune among those to move on over the summer.