The Daily Mail is reporting that Wigan are on the verge of bringing in Roberto Canella from Sporting Gijon for a fee in the region of £4million. The left-back’s arrival would open the door for Maynor Figueroa’s departure from Wigan. Canella is one of the most highly rated defenders in Spain; he is only 21 but is expected to become a full international for Spain sooner rather than later. His signing would be a real coup for Wigan.
Roberto Martinez is keen to shore up his leaky defence with the signing of Canella and has also been linked with a move for Celtic defender, Gary Caldwell, who may be available for as little as £500k. Martinez believes the Scottish defender would add some much-needed experience to his defensive line.
If the Wigan manager is successful with these moves, it would open up the possibility of Figueroa securing a move to Sunderland who have been linked with a £6million move for the full-back. Steve Bruce is the man who brought Figueroa to Wigan and he is keen on reuniting with the Honduran at the Stadium of Light. Figueroa has grown in stature over the last 12 months and is now one of the most consistent performers in the Wigan side. He achieved national attention recently as he scored a sublime goal against Stoke from his own half.
Martinez looks set to reshuffle his defence this month as he seeks to put his own stamp on the side; if he is successful in bringing Canella and Caldwell to the DW Stadium, Figueroa is likely to be allowed to leave.
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