Vaughan is ‘top of Caldwell’s wish list’

Gary Caldwell is "very hopeful" of recruiting one more target
Gary Caldwell is "very hopeful" of recruiting one more target

GARY Caldwell remains ‘very hopeful’ of landing another signing that will ‘definitely improve’ Wigan Athletic ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

The Latics chief has already brought in a whopping 17 new signings during another hugely-eventful transfer window.

But he is desperate to add more quality reinforcements to the one area he feels is still looking a little light.

While the goalkeeping and the defensive ranks appear relatively solid - Latics are yet to concede a league goal at home after three matches - there is scope for improvement further up the park.

Despite encouraging starts from £1million man Will Grigg and Saturday’s matchwinner Michael Jacobs, Latics have notched just five goals from their opening six games in all competitions.

Huddersfield striker James Vaughan is understood to be right at the top of Caldwell’s wish list after being told he will not be offered a new deal at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The 27-year-old - who has been a regular thorn in the side of Latics in the past - was left out of the Terriers’ squad for Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to QPR, with boss Chris Powell admitting the player ‘clearly feels his future is away from here’.

And Latics chief Caldwell delivered a massive hint in the aftermath of Saturday’s 1-0 win over Crewe that he was on the verge of pulling off a major transfer coup.

“We know where we need to strengthen, and the club are ready to back us in that regard,” admitted the Scot.

“Between now and Tuesday, I’m very hopeful of making another signing that will definitely improve us.

“The club has got money, and we’re close to signing a player that we need to strengthen in an area where I think everyone can see we need a bit more.

“Hopefully we can get that over the line.”

Caldwell is also waiting to hear the extent of the hamstring injury sustained by midfielder Francisco Junior that caused him to sit out Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Crewe.

“He’s got a hamstring strain that we hope is not too bad,” added Caldwell.

“He got it late in training on Friday, he’ll be assessed and scanned, and we hope it’s not too bad.”