Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is looking to add another South American to his side in the form of Chilean international Waldo Ponce. The centre back’s contract with Argentinean side Velez Sarsfield is about to expire and Martinez has faith in the 27-year-old to become the latest in a number of South American players to make a name for themselves at Wigan following on from the likes of Antonio Valencia, Wilson Palacios and Maynor Figueroa.
Ponce has previous experience in Europe having spent a short spell at German side Wolfsburg back in 2003 but the majority of his career was spent in his native Chile prior to his recent successful performances for Velez.
Now his contract expiry has opened the door for clubs to move for the 23-time Chile international and his agent has revealed that there is a lot of interest in the defender, telling skysports.com
“There are a number of interested clubs in Waldo. His style would suit England and we are hopeful he will fly in this week for talks.”
Ponce himself has also revealed that he wants to return to Europe to try his luck once again, admitting
“Maybe this is the moment to leave Velez. The officials have approached me about having a conversation over renewing my contract but there are too many things to be resolved, financial, family and sporting details.[…] Now what is left in my career is to play in Europe, I am now 27-years-old so I think that this is the right moment for leaving.”
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