Latics add Max Power to squad

Max Power
Max Power

WIGAN Athletic have, as expected, completed the signing of Tranmere midfielder Max Power on a three-year deal.

The 21-year-old has been training with Latics since the squad returned for pre-season last week.

His contract at Prenton Park expired at the end of last season and, as he is under the age of 24, a fee will be determined by an FA tribunal.

Power becomes Gary Caldwell’s fifth summer signing, following the arrivals of David Perkins, Richard O’Donnell, Craig Morgan and Donervon Daniels.

However, the chances of Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci becoming number six look to be fading fast.

After a fee of £1million had been agreed between the two clubs, Ciftci has apparently turned down the chance to speak to Latics.

He looks to be on his way, instead to Celtic, who can offer the carrot of Champions League football.

Latics new-boy Donervon Daniels played against Ciftci during his own loan spell at Aberdeen last season.

And he believes the ex-Portsmouth man would have proved to be an inspired signing.

“I made my debut against him in the semi-final of the League Cup,” said Daniels.

“He’s a very good player, especially with his back to goal, and he’s a great finisher.”

Latics do have other irons in the fire, though, with Rotherham’s Matt Derbyshire the latest striker to be linked with a move to the DW Stadium.

Leeds hotshot Billy Sharp is a confirmed target, but Sheffield United are also keen on acquiring his services.

Bolton forward Sanmi Odelusi is expected to sign any day, while a bid for Charlton winger Callum Harriott is also on the table.

Latics are also taking a close look at striker David Ball, who is a free agent after seeing out his Fleetwood deal and has been in for training at Christopher Park.