Striker swoop now a priority for Mackay’s Wigan Athletic

Danny Graham
Danny Graham

MALKY Mackay admits Wigan Athletic are ‘working as hard as we can’ to bring in a centre-forward before the weekend.

The Latics boss was hoping to land a couple of players this week to bolster his beleaguered squad at the midway point of the campaign.

Defender Liam Ridgewell is the first, with Latics hoping to confirm the loan capture of the ex-West Brom, Aston Villa and Birmingham man from MLS side Portland Timbers within the next 24 hours.

And Mackay is also desperate to land a proven striker to give his forward line a much-needed lift.

“We’re certainly working hard on it,” acknowledged Mackay.

“Whether it comes to fruition before the weekend is another matter, but we’re certainly working as hard as we can and will continue to do so for the next three-and-a-half weeks.

“But as I’ve said before, January is an interesting month in terms of the pool of players available and the amount of clubs who are looking for a small amount of players.”

When asked whether a striker was a priority, Mackay replied: “Yes, absolutely, and if you come up with one then give me a shout!

“It’s a market the whole world is looking at right now, but yes we are actively looking in that department.”

Sunderland’s Danny Graham, who spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Wolves, is being strongly linked with a loan move to the DW.

Mackay signed Graham for Watford in the summer of 2009 for £350,000, before selling him on to Swansea two years later for £3.5m.

Graham spent 18 months in South Wales before joining Sunderland for £5m, since when his star has fallen.

The 29-year-old has spent three separate loan spells away at Hull, Middlesbrough and Wolves respectively, scoring six goals in total.