Bruce's window of opportunity

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Wigan manager Steve Bruce is hopeful the club's successful season has given him a head start in planning for the future.

In the last two campaigns the Latics have been involved in relegation battles which have gone to the final few matches.

"It is always nice to get your business done early and we have two or three things bubbling away, although it would be wrong to identify anyone because they are still with their respective clubs," he said.

"We have an agreement in place with a particular club and as soon as the window opens that one will hopefully be tied up."

At least one of Bruce's targets will be a striker as he is light in that department.

Having sold Emile Heskey to Aston Villa in January he signed £4.5million Colombia international Hugo Rodallega and brought in Mido on loan from Middlesbrough.

Mido's Egyptian compatriot Amr Zaki is only on loan until the end of the season and is unlikely to stay permanently after falling out with Bruce having frequently returned home late from international duty.

Bruce has been linked with £7million Ecuador striker Christian Benitez, who plays for Mexican side Santos Laguna, but has said he will not pay over the odds.

But with only seven goals scored since the turn of the year the Wigan boss knows a striker is a priority.

"We are eyeing a few targets and you don't have to be a rocket scientist to work out where we are looking and where to improve," he said.

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