Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has already come out and said he expects to do business in the January transfer window, which has got us speculating here at the Football Tranfser Tavern, and Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror reckons he has the name of one potential signing.
With Martinez facing the prospect of losing striker Arouna Kone to the African Cup of Nations next month, the Latics have turned to Manchester United for support, by requesting to take Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez on loan for the rest of the season.
Henriquez only arrived at Old Trafford in the summer and has only featured for the Red Devils under-21’s ranks so far, but is a full Chilean international having made his debut against Serbia and would add some quality to a Wigan squad looking to survive relegation once more.
Martinez has a history of taking young talents on loan and improving them, with Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley the prime example.
The problem lies in the fact that Henriquez has international duty of his own coming up soon. He is due to play in the South American Under-20 finals next month, and the DW Stadium-based side would need him to pull out of the competition to complete any deal.
Martinez will be hoping for an answer in the next couple of weeks, as he looks to strengthen his frontline before Kone’s departure.