Everton boss keen to sign Wigan Athletic stars


Shaun Maloney is the latest Wigan Athletic player to be linked with a move to join former manager Roberto Martinez at Everton.

Martinez, who was given the all clear by Latics chairman Dave Whelan to move for his former players last week, has already targeted midfielders James McArthur and James McCarthy, winger Callum McManaman and striker Arouna Kone.

Now, former Celtic and Aston Villa player Maloney, will join that rapidly growing list of stars that could be making their way from the DW Stadium to Goodison Park following Wigan's relegation to the Championship. 

The 30-year-old attacking midfielder, who scored six Premier League goals last season, along with eight assists, could prove an attractive option to the Merseyside club, who face a battle to keep Maurouane Fellani out of the clutches of David Moyes and Manchester United.

However Maloney, who also starred in Wigan's FA Cup success last season, remained coy about his future in a recent interview with the Mail on Sunday, commenting: "Things are pretty up in the air, like us not having a manager.

"Our chairman spoke about players leaving and staying, and us trying to bounce right back up. So there's a bit of uncertainty surrounding the club but when we come back for pre-season, and get a new manager named, things will be a lot clearer."

Reports suggest that Whelan will interview 15 managers this week in his hunt to find Wigan Athletic’s new boss and wants a new man at the helm very soon.

Owen Coyle, who has Premier League experience with both Bolton Wanderers and Burnley, former Brighton boss Gus Poyet, Sir Alex Ferguson's long-time assistant at Manchester United - Mike Phelan - and fan favourite and former manager Paul Jewell are believed to be amongst the favourites for the position.  


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