The January Transfer Window: What is happening at Wigan Athletic?
January, that time of the year in which can be very exciting, and with lots of movement expected at Wigan Athletic, it’s set to be a busy period for Warren Joyce.
Warren Joyce is looking to put his own stamp on the club, and he can do this by bringing in his own players and starting to rebuild a Latics squad in his own image.
Warren Joyce has started action at the DW Stadium by recalling several players who were sent on loan by the previous manager Gary Caldwell. Winger Ryan Colclough and centre back Jack Hendry returned from their loan at League One outfit MK Dons, while midfielder Sam Morsy was recalled from his loan at Barnsley who have had a sensational first half to the season.
Ex Manchester United youth players Cameron Stewart and Ravel Morrison are training with the club, in a bid to earn a short term contract at the club. Ravel Morrison has not made a single appearance for Italian giants Lazio this season, and it will be best for both parties for Morrison to find a new club to play his football. Ravel Morrison was described by Rio Ferdinand as the best youngster he’s ever seen, and that players like Paul Pogba, used to look up to him as he set the standard. Ravel Morrison’s attitude has let him down from becoming a world class talent but if anyone can get his career back on track, it will be Warren Joyce.
Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom has stated that the Reds have exercised the clause in Sam Morsy’s loan contract that they can sign him for a pre-agreed fee from the date he signed until May. It is very likely that Sam Morsy will be a Barnsley player come the end of the month.
According to reports from Alan Nixon, Craig Davies and Nathan Bryne are set to leave the club. Bryne has received interest from Charlton and Sheffield United, and since his arrival at Wigan, he has struggled to gain a starting place therefore I will not be surprised to see him leave. Craig Davies is someone I expect to leave as he is suffered a lack of game time since his arrival at the club, but however he has not complained once and been a top professional and I wish him well for the rest of his career.
Wigan’s midfielder Max Power has been receiving interest from Championship clubs, with Brentford, Birmingham and Ipswich Town all looking to sign the energetic midfielder. It has been reported that Wigan have rejected bids for around £850k, but it is unforeseen whether Wigan will receive any more offers.
Cardiff City are looking to recall Adam Le Fondre to sell him on, with a number of League One clubs fighting for his signature including Scunthorpe and his former club Bolton Wanderers. Le Fondre has failed to land a starting position at Wigan Athletic and it appears he is not rated by Joyce, so again, I will not be surprised if he leaves.
On the other hand, Wigan Athletic were interested in experienced Huddersfield Town midfielder Dean Whitehead but in a post match interview after his game with Wigan, he admitted he was flattered by the interest but he did not want to leave Huddersfield as he believed the Town are going places under David Wagner.
6th January: 11:27 Update:
Craig Davies is set to depart from the DW Stadium on loan to Scunthorpe United for the remainder of the 2016-17 campaign.
@seantaylorpress-twitter- #scunthorpe will sign striker Craig Davies from #wigan today. Unsure of details, possibly loan with view to permanent move #sufc #iron #wafc
Wigan are interested in former Reading midfielder Jem Karacan who was recently released by Galatasaray
Charlie Watts- ” Great to see Jem Karacan has sorted his contract with Galatasaray – Understand #wafc and #itfc have shown some early interest. #readingfc”
Keep updated on the Wigan Athletic transfer news on the All Out Attack page throughout the transfer window as we will bring you news, rumours and done deals across the month.
Transfer Update- 07/01/17- 2.00pm
Craig Davies completed his move to Scunthorpe United. The striker who turns 31 on Monday, was out of contract in the summer and has joined the Irons on a permanent basis.
Stoke City Goalkeeper Jakob Haugaard joined Wigan Athletic on loan until the end of the season. Haugaard made his debut on the same afternoon against Nottingham Forest, and made an impressive start, saving a penalty and keeping a clean sheet in a 2-0 win.
By Jay Whittle- All Out Attack