YANIC Wildschut wants to stay with Wigan Athletic - and boss Gary Caldwell is hoping his bid to keep hold of the on-loan Middlesbrough ace proves successful.
The flying Dutchman made the 17th and final appearance of his loan spell in Wigan’s 1-1 draw at Scunthorpe that keeps them fifth in League One.
As things stand, Wildschut is on his way back to the north east, and a club that are flying high at the top of the Championship table.
However, Caldwell has not given up hope of keeping Wildschut in the north west to spearhead Wigan’s own promotion challenge.
And chairman David Sharpe and chief executive Jonathan Jackson are working hard on a deal to retain the services of the 24-year-old.
“I hope we’ve not seen the last of Yanic,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.
“As things stand, he’s gone back to Middlesbrough, but we’ve put in an offer and we’ll see what comes of that.
“It’s out of my hands now - it’s over to the chairman and to Jonathan.
“And I’m sure they’re doing everything they can to try and keep him at the club.
“He’s a special talent that we’ve allowed to flourish and enjoy his football.
“He’s enjoyed being here. He wants to stay, he’s signalled that.
“He doesn’t want to go anywhere else. He wants to stay at Wigan.
“Now it’s in the hands of the money men to get it sorted out.”
Caldwell also confirmed Latics are ‘very close’ to landing Torquay’s Dan Lavercombe, in a deal that would see the highly-rated young goalkeeper remain with the Gulls until the end of the season before moving north
“It’s something that’s very close to being done,” the Latics boss revealed.
“He’s a young goalie with huge potential.
“He won’t be coming here straight away, he’ll be staying down there and gaining more experience and playing games.
“But it’s a real signing for the future.”