The Latics' head honcho reveals his club are keen on a £3m swoop for the player, but wage demands could prove to be a stumbling block in any potential deal
By Rob Stewart
Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has revealed his club are interested in signing Manchester City and England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips this summer.
Whelan is hoping that the lure of playing under manager Roberto Martinez will work in his club’s favour as the Latics aim to strengthen their squad as they set their sights on securing a place in the top half of the Premier League following last season’s relegation skirmish.
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Wigan would be asked to pay £3 million for the former Chelsea player but Whelan has acknowledged that Wright-Phillips’ wage demands could prove a stumbling block with the DW Stadium club unable to match the £60,000-per-week he currently receives at Eastlands.
Bolton are also understood to be keen on signing Wright-Phillips, who has been deemed surplus to requirements by City manager Roberto Mancini, but he is keen to continue plying his trade in the North West of England - a factor which could work in Wigan’s favour.
“It’s true that we are interested in Shaun Wright-Phillips and I am sure that he would love it at Wigan because in Roberto Martinez we have a great manager,” Whelan told Goal.com.
"But am I confident we can get him? Well confidence is something that you can’t have at this time of the year.
"We would certainly like him to come to Wigan but we don’t know what he wants in terms of wages. There is a long way to go, but Roberto does fancy bringing him to Wigan.”
Whelan, whose club just avoided relegation on the last day of the 2010-11 season, also revealed that no firm bids have been made for France winger Charles N’Zogbia.
The Latics' star man has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Sunderland, Newcastle and Aston Villa, but it has been claimed that 25-year-old’s £65,000-per-week wage demands are putting prospective buyers off any potential deal.
“There has been quite a lot of interest in him but we have not yet had a bid for Charles,” Whelan added.
“He is in the last year of his contract and so I don’t know whether he will be here at the start of the season or not, but we would like him to stay.”