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Moses can answer prayers of top clubs

Moses is beginning to realise his potential. (©GettyImages)
Moses is beginning to realise his potential. (©GettyImages).

When Victor Moses signed for Wigan from Crystal Palace during the January transfer window of 2010, it was an underwhelming ending to a protracted transfer saga.

Then aged only 19, Moses had been attracting Premier League scouts to cast their respective eyes over him at Selhurst Park for a number of months, while he was also garnering interest from some of the continent's most high-profile clubs.

Real Madrid were credited with interest in the young forward, and optimists among us began to believe that Palace had in their possession one of the future stars of European football.

Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool were all reportedly keen to acquire his services yet, somehow, Roberto Martinez's lowly Wigan managed to capture his signature for £2.5 million.

At the time, it was difficult to comprehend how a number of iconic clubs had allowed a player supposedly blessed with immense talent to escape their respective clutches, and join a side far from assured of a Premier League future.

There are some, though, who suggest Moses was better served joining Wigan rather than a more prominent club at such an early stage in his career, with the Latics able to afford him greater playing time in the league than if he plied his trade in the upper reaches of the table.

It has taken a while for the benefits of this to have become more apparent to those away from the DW Stadium, but Moses is now beginning to realise the early promise he had shown in south east London.

In the past three weeks or so, Moses has played a telling role in Wigan victories over Liverpool and Manchester United, while he led them to a triumph over Arsenal on Monday, which could be enough to see the Latics remain in the promised land for another season.

Saving your best performances of the campaign for the finest clubs in the league is certainly a way to become noticed, and could yet hasten the high-profile move Moses looked destined to make two years ago.

His display at the Emirates Stadium may prove to be pivotal in both Wigan's season and the 21-year-old's future, with Moses showcasing a verve and intent previously unheralded.

The young Nigerian's work-rate and performance levels were quite brilliant against Arsenal, and he was a constant cause for concern for the Gunners as he carried the ball forward and beat defenders with relative ease.

Moses was far superior to any Arsenal player on the night and, had Arsene Wenger had the former among his number, the Gunners would have romped to victory in characteristic fashion.

This is summer is likely to see clubs curb their spending with Uefa's Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations set to quell the extreme expenditure of previous transfer windows.

The acquisition of young, more affordable players is likely to take prominence from now on, and the Premier League's leading lights ought to give a move for Moses some serious consideration.

Arsenal have witnessed first hand the damage he can cause, and Moses would certainly prove to be a capable acquisition for Wenger, with goalscoring reinforcements a priority for the Frenchman.

Although the Gunners boast a wealth of attacking talent out wide, Moses would provide a greater threat than Gervinho, while the former's defensive application is also a significant attribute.

Perhaps a more likely move for Moses would be to Anfield, with Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) desperate to acquire young, dynamic players, and with the Reds in real need of greater attacking options.

FSG have previously demonstrated a willingness to provide their manager with the resources to capture the players he desires, and Liverpool would surely be leading contenders to sign Moses, should Kenny Dalglish show an interest in his signature.

Anfield would be an ideal place for Moses to further his education and, with Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez reportedly set to leave the club this summer, can provide Liverpool with a more mobile option either on the flank or up front.

A move to a side harbouring genuine title ambitions - i.e. Manchester United, Manchester City or Chelsea - may perhaps be a little to hasty for Moses, although the latter are particularly keen to acquire youth to revitalise an ageing squad.

Tottenham, meanwhile, may also prove to be a realistic destination for the Nigerian, with Harry Redknapp having shown an interest in bringing him to White Hart Lane in the past.

However, any potential move to capture the youngster could be tempered by Redknapp's future, with the Spurs boss the leading candidate to become the next England manager.

Wigan will be in a position of negotiating power should they retain their Premier League status come May, but potential relegation could see Moses leave the club for a cut-price fee.

Yet, even if Martinez's side do secure top-flight football for another season, the league's leading clubs ought to take a calculated gamble on Moses, before his valuation increases even further following another impressive campaign.

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