Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is on the hunt for a defensive reinforcement to ease the burden on his relegation-threatened team.
With Antolin Alcaraz missing almost the entire campaign so far with a calf problem and Ivan Ramis now ruled out for the remainder of the season following major knee surgery, the back three unit which proved so successful last term has been ripped apart.
The Latics went down to a 3-2 defeat to Sunderland on Saturday, and Martinez said: "What is clear is that we weren't strong enough defensively. If Ramis had been on the pitch it would have been a very different situation. I need to make sure we rectify that and bring someone in who will give us the same strength Ivan was giving us."
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