Latics boss confirms striker close to exit

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Roberto Martinez has confirmed Wigan are close to completing a deal to send striker Mauro Boselli out on loan for the rest of the season.

Boselli has struggled to make an impact at the DW Stadium since arriving in the summer from Estudiantes and it emerged that the Argentinian had posted on his Twitter account in Spanish on Wednesday: "Six months at Genoa. I am very happy."

Martinez said: "At the moment I feel that for Mauro to play five months in Italy or Spain, it will be what he needs, just to make that jump from South America into the Premier League. Then we will get the real Mauro Boselli that is going to be a massive asset for our football club."

Genoa president Enrico Preziosi was then quoted as telling Sky Italia that "Boselli is arriving". And, although Martinez has stressed nothing had been finalised yet with any club, the Latics boss expects a temporary switch of some kind to be sealed imminently.

"We have been exploring all the possibilities," Martinez said. "Mauro has been adapting to the British game and, at the moment, it has been really, really difficult.

"We need to have Mauro at his best, the Mauro Boselli that we signed, the goalscorer. He has got a magnificent reputation in world football and at the moment he needs to find a little bit of football happiness and to play games, to allow him to be himself.

"We are trying to finalise that deal. At the moment it is not 100% because Mauro has still got a little tear in his hamstring, and that is the reason why he has not been involved in the last two games, but over the next few hours we will find out what is the final destination for him."

Asked if he was annoyed the news had broken via Boselli's Twitter account, Martinez said: "No, because I don't feel he has been disrespectful. He was just happy to announce that we are trying to find a solution to what has been a very difficult period.

"I don't see that as a real problem. The deal hasn't been concluded, so in a way, nothing has really been revealed.

"We are trying to look at the best option - there are three options that we have for him and we are going to decide the one that is best for the football club, and ultimately, for the player. But I have always said players are human beings, and you have to understand that. As long as there is respect about everything you do, it is acceptable."

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