Wigan Athletic; Jan 2008 Transfer Window Round-up - Week 4


Colin Illingworth

Colin is a sub-editor on a regional newspaper and is a die-hard Aberdeen fan. He's prepared to sell his soul to the Devil for the Dons to return to their former glory so Satan, if you're reading this, give him a call!...
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28/01/2008 11:00:00.
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After a great start to the year at Wigan Titus Bramble returned to his old ways last Sunday as Evertonís Andy Johnson took full advantage of a poor decision by the former Newcastle United defender to put the Toffees on the road to victory. So it was no surprise to learn that Steve Bruce was reportedly looking at a new defender this week. But with their Premiership position still in the balance the former Birmingham boss believes that attack may be the clubís best form of defence as he has been linked with a number of potential forwards this week, with one definitely joining the club.

The week kicked off with the Daily Mail suggesting that Bruce was prepared to offload out-of-favour Welsh midfielder Jason Koumas to Blackburn Rovers in return for Steven Reid (21/1/08). Rovers have been strongly linked with the former West Brom ace due to his history with Mark Hughes but I canít see the former Welsh manager wanting to let any of his star players leave as he aims to secure European football next season.

Steve Bruce was reported to be linked with Ivory Coastís defender Steve Gohouri according to Sky Sports (24/1/08) while talk linking the Latics with Motherwell striker Ross McCormack resurfaced, despite the youngster previously saying that he was prepared to see out the remainder of the season at Fir Park.

One striker who has joined the ranks at the JJB is former Watford marksman Marlon King. The 27-year-old returns to the Premiership in a deal worth £5 million. King opted to join Wigan despite having agreed a deal with Premiership strugglers Fulham. The former Leeds United and Nottingham Forest striker is a proven goalscorer and Bruce is confident that King can rule at the JJB and shoot them away from the relegation zone.

It looks as though Fulhamís Roy Hodgson is prepared to make an improved offer for Wiganís versatile Austrian midfielder Paul Scharner (Sky Sports 24/1/08 and News of the World 27/1/08). Fulhamís previous offer, believed to be around £3 million, was rebuffed by Steve Bruce and he wonít want to sell one of his best players to a fellow Premiership struggler. But Scharner would be well advised to remain at the JJB as Fulham appear destined for Championship football next season.

One player who has left Wigan this week is Dutch midfielder Denny Landzaat. The 31-year-old, who was believed to have been a target for Ajax, has joined Feyenoord for £1 million.

Itís going to be interesting to see what moves Bruce makes in the transfer market in the next couple of days.

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