Chelsea have had a £4 million bid for Wigan striker Victor Moses turned down by club chairman Dave Whelan, who accused the Blues of ‘taking the mickey’ with their offer.
Moses developed well last season as Wigan’s main attacking threat after Hugo Rodallega fell out of favour with boss Roberto Martinez, with the Nigerian-born striker bagging six goals last term, including four in his last 12 league games as the Latics avoided the drop.
Moses arrived at the DW Stadium from Crystal Palace with a burgeoning reputation in 2010 and now looks set to continue the upward trajectory of his career with a host of the Premier League’s leading clubs interested in securing his services.
However Whelan is keen to ensure Moses stays with Wigan for one more season before moving on to a bigger club, and says even if he does leave this summer Chelsea would have to double their offer before he even considers it.
"Chelsea would need to get realistic before we would even listen to them. They made a bid at 6pm last night and we turned it down flat.
"Roberto Martinez has brought this player on and he needs at least another year with Roberto to become a top player.
"We have offered him a new contract but it seems the agent, more than the player, wants to move him on, at least that is the impression we are getting.
"It cannot be for the player's good. Victor Moses needs another year or two before moving to a club like Chelsea. He needs games and he won't be first choice at Chelsea, I wouldn't have thought
"We don't need to sell him with 12 months to go on his contract because he is under 24 so wouldn't be going on a free transfer.
"Ideally we would like him to sign a new contract, or a club like Chelsea would have to be realistic. At the moment, they are taking the Mickey with the bid they've made."