Wigan boss targets another striker

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After retaining Barclays Premier League status by the skin of their teeth last season, Wigan are keen to bolster their ranks to ensure things are more straightforward come the end of the new campaign.

Roberto Martinez has certainly done an admirable job at the DW Stadium, creating a side capable of playing some of the most attractive football in the league.

And, although they only survived courtesy of a final day win against Stoke last term, there is an optimism that suggests the Latics can further climb the top flight ladder this season.

However, Martinez's ambitions will not have been helped by the loss of two key players in the shape of Tom Cleverley and Charles N'Zogbia, with the former having returned to Manchester United and the latter signing for Aston Villa.

Hence, the Wigan boss is still after reinforcements before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month, and has identified West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie as an ideal acquisition.

But Martinez is not prepared to talk at great length about the Nigeria international, although he did confirm a bid has been made.


"I don't know what will happen on that one," he told the Wigan Evening Post.

"He's obviously a player we like which is why we made the bid, but the club that owns the player has the right to do what they like - and that happens in football."

Asked if Odemwingie has been earmarked as a replacement for Hugo Rodallega, who has been linked with a move away from the club, Martinez added: "No, it would be an addition.

"I don't know what players we are going to bring in, that is the reality.

"Although I do know exactly what we need from a character point of view.

"But having lost [Tom] Cleverley and [Charles] N'Zogbia, we are two bodies light.

"We need to bring two players in and that is where as a football club we are working extremely hard."

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