Highly rated Barcelona B striker Joanthan Soriano has emerged as a summer transfer target for Wigan Athletic according to talkSPORT.

The former Espanyol star, 25, has been scoring goals for the Catalan outfit's reserve side in the second tier of Spanish football.

With 24 goals in 31 appearances this season, his performances have caught the eye of a number of potential suitors with West Ham United and Fulham previously rumoured to be interested.

However, Latics boss Roberto Martinez will attempt to pull off a transfer coup by bringing Soriano to the DW Stadium when the transfer window reopens in June.

As yet no deal is in place, but the agreement will largely depend on whether or not Wigan can secure their place in the Barclays Premier League.


 

The player's agent Jose Maria Orobitg, who also represents Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola, will hold meetings with the club's hierarchy later this month to decide the prolific marksman's future.

Having attracted interest from all over Europe, Wigan may face a fight for the talented Spaniard who could be on the brink of breaking into the first team at the Nou Camp.

"I have received offers from abroad but I am leaving those to my representatives," Soriano told Spanish rag Sport.

"I want to finish the season for Barca before deciding whether to stay or go. I have not lost the hope of making the first team and I'm still fighting for it."

Wigan's enquiry could spark interest from a host of other Barclays Premier League clubs, with West Ham and Fulham both posied to renew hopes and go to war for the player's signature.

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