£15m Liverpool & Arsenal target given January deadline


Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is keen to resolve Liverpool and Arsenal target Hugo Rodallega's contract issue before the January transfer window opens.

The 26-year-old Colombian striker will be out of contract at the end of the season, and with interested believed to be high, the Latics are hopeful a new deal is just around the corner.

"We have been talking with Hugo for a long time and it's something we need to sort out," Martinez told the Evening Post. "His agent has been over in Colombia which has made things difficult but he'll be visiting here shortly.

"Once we can get everyone together, I really don't think it'll be very difficult to find a solution. [But] it's important we don't get to January without knowing where we are, though, because we need to have as much stability as we can at the football club."

According to the Daily Mail, both Liverpool and Arsenal are watching the situation of the £15 million-rated forward with interest, and could make moves when the time is right.

Both Arsene Wenger and Kenny Dalglish are thought to be keen to further reinforce their goalscoring departments at the Emirates and at Anfield, although Rodallega has hardly put himself in the shop window this season.

"Between now and January is an eternity in football and we shouldn't be concerned with what might or what might not happen," continued Martinez.

"Momo [Diame] is in the same boat as Hugo but we're still talking with his people as well and we are hoping to have things to announce before we get to January.

"We want to resolve these personal situations as quickly as we can but the important thing in the meantime is to focus on the team and winning games."

If however Rodallega fails to agree a new deal at the DW Stadium, then a bidding war is likely to ensue between Arsenal and Liverpool, with the Reds believed to hold the advantage over the Gunners.

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