Five players Wigan should try to sign in January
Wigan Athletic can secure their Premier League status by strengthening their squad in the January transfer window
It's far too early for Wigan Athletic supporters to begin worrying about Premier League safety; after all their side never actually start playing until March at the very earliest.
However, the prospect of another relegation dogfight will not do much to appease the Latics faithful, or more importantly convince Roberto Martinez that his future lies at the DW Stadium.
So, in order for Wigan to avoid their annual end of season scrap for survival, the club must strengthen their squad in the January transfer window.
Here are five players that would improve Wigan's chances of staying in the Premier League…
Luciano Becchio | Leeds United
The Argentinian forward has been leading the line for Leeds for the last five seasons, scoring goals a plenty in the process. An uncompromising forward equally comfortable playing with his back to goal or running the channels, Becchio would provide a focal point for Wigan's attacks that can often be found wanting.
Rumours surfaced last Tuesday that Becchio was at Bournemouth watching Wigan in FA Cup third round replay action ahead of a move, but Neil Warnock moved quickly to deny any interest.
Paul Robinson | Blackburn Rovers
Perhaps a surprise inclusion, but the form of Ali Al-Habsi has to be of concern to Martinez and co. This season has seen the Iranian stopper make a long list of errors that have ultimately cost his team; twelve months ago Al-Habsi was being touted for bigger things with Arsenal amongst those interested.
Having found himself out of favour at Blackburn, the one-time England number one will be shown the door at Ewood Park this January according to the Daily Mail.
At 34 Robinson shouldn't command much of a transfer fee, will provide a great head in the changing rooms and his arrival might be the competition that sparks Al-Habsi in to life.
Nathan Redmond | Birmingham City
The loss of Victor Moses to Chelsea has left a noticeable gap on the Wigan flank. His drive, enthusiasm and undoubted skill put the opposition on the back foot knowing a moment of Moses magic could spell doom for them.
The Birmingham wide man is at a similar stage to Moses when he moved to the DW; a young somewhat raw talent, playing regularly in the Championship for a struggling team with financial difficulties.
Redmond, or Moses mark two, is exactly what Wigan need, exciting young talent, available for a reasonable price with potential for a sell on profit in the future.
Wilson Palacios | Stoke City
Palacios left Wigan in 2009 with a growing reputation that had seen him linked with a move to Manchester United, rejoining former Latics team-mate Antonio Valencia at Old Trafford.
Two years at Tottenham led to a move to Stoke where the Honduran enforcer finds himself on the fringe of the action with only four Premier League appearances this term.
QPR are rumoured to be in for the midfielder with Harry Redknapp having taken Palacios to White Hart Lane, but a move back to familiar surroundings could be just what's in order to revitalise his career.
Mikael Silvestre | Unattached
The loss of Ivan Ramis for the rest of the season through injury, means defensive cover will be something of a priority for Wigan this month. With the ability to play at centre back or left back and experience aplenty in the Premier League, Silvestre could be just the man for the job.
The 35-year-old currently doesn't have a club following his release from Werder Bremen, but lives in the North West and trains at Manchester United's Carrington training base to keep fitness.
He spoke with manutd.com this week about seeking a new club in the Premier League, and a move to Wigan could be ideal for both parties.
The priority for Martinez will undoubtedly be to get through the January transfer window without losing key members of his squad, but with a few choice additions Wigan might be able to enjoy the end of the season from the vantage point of mid-table comfort, and maybe even challenge their record highest Premier League position of tenth, in their first season in the top flight back in 2005/06.
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