'Special' £15m Arsenal & Liverpool striker target under pressure

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Arsenal and Liverpool striker target Hugo Rodallega has been urged to relax by Wigan manager Roberto Martinez.

The Latics chief is convinced the Colombian hitman is putting too much pressure on his own shoulders at the DW Stadium, and won't get anywhere near his dream move if he doesn't find form for the club.

“It is important that he can relax and come back to his best. When he is at his best, he is a special player. Hugo has had a stop-start season, he had an injury and he has also felt pressure to score goals and was feeling the responsibility too much," said Martinez.

“But it’s important he focuses himself on the games in front of him and gets that stability back. It can sometimes put extra pressure on when you are in the last year of your contract. If he works hard, everything else will be looked after.

“We have conversations with his representatives and we will probably find out what is happening in the next few weeks.”

The Daily Mail linked both Liverpool and Arsenal with a £15 million move for the player back in November, with the pair thought to have targeted the player with a view to a potential cut-price January deal.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has played down reports linking the club with a move for a striker, although German international Lukas Podolski has been heavily linked with a switch to the Emirates Stadium.

Liverpool, meanwhile, have been linked with a handful of players in the position as cover for Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez, with Spanish superstar David Villa amongst those mentioned on the Anfield radar.

It's unclear if either club have taken further steps in their pursuit of either player, and it's not thought that Arsenal or Liverpool have highlighted a particular player as their top target.

Both clubs would want to see a quick improvement from the 26-year-old if they are to consider moves though, with Arsenal needing to evaluate if the player can add to their ranks as a better option behind Dutch international Robin Van Persie, with Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu-Young yet to inspire the fans in north London.

Wigan will still be holding hope that the player pens a new deal in Lancashire though.

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