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Roberto Martinez Desperately Needs To Strengthen The Latics

Wigan have certainly lost Hugo Rodallega but they could be set to sign Spanish defender Ivan Ramis this summer as Roberto Martinez looks to strengthen his Latics team.

Wigan scraped survival last season despite conceding a whopping 62 goals and have seemingly targeted some defensive reinforcements, but Martinez faces stiff competition if he really wants to sign Mallorca centre back Ramis. Fellow Premier League sides Aston Villa and Sunderland have been credited with an interest in the 27 year old.

Ramis is born and bred in Mallorca and has played for his home team since 2001 when he was just 16, though he started out in Mallorca B. He partnered recent Swansea City signing Chico in a sturdy Mallorca defence that conceded just 46 goals last season, the 5th best total in La Liga. He’s available for just £4m so probably within Martinez’s budget and the Spanish influence at the DW Stadium could sway it in their favour.

Meanwhile, Hugo Rodallega may be on the verge of a move to Martin Jol’s Fulham after leaving Wigan this summer. Rodallega let his contract run down and has left on a free transfer, alerting a number of clubs to his availability.

Aston Villa, Stoke and Everton were all believed to be interested in the Colombian hitman who scored just twice last season, as Martinez preferred to use Franco di Santo as his main striker instead. It’s a blow for Wigan to lose a player like Rodallega but he clearly fell out of favour with Martinez in the end, and it was best for all parties concerned that he left the club.

Martin Jol has made his move after seeing Pavel Pogrebnyak move to Reading despite spending last season at Craven Cottage. On a free transfer, Rodallega could comfortably replace Pogrebnyak and Andy Johnson, two strikers who Fulham have lost in recent weeks.

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