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The Latics owner, Dave Whelan, claimed on Friday that the Spaniard has been made an offer by Reds' owners Fenway Sports Group but talks are still ongoing in Miami

By Greg Stobart

Roberto Martinez is edging closer to becoming Liverpool manager but is yet to be made a formal offer, understands.

The Wigan manager will hold further talks with John W Henry next week after impressing the Reds’ owner during talks in Miami on Thursday and remains the leading contender to take over at Anfield.
The current Wigan manager is in Miami holding talks with FSG ahead of a move to Anfield

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has claimed that Martinez has been made a job offer but it is understood the 38-year-old has not received a formal proposal, despite increasingly appearing as the only remaining candidate for the role. exclusively revealed last week that Wigan had granted the Reds permission to speak to Martinez, and the Spaniard held initial talks with executives on Merseyside last weekend before meeting Henry on Thursday.

Martinez remains the clear choice of the Anfield hierarchy to replace Kenny Dalglish.

Wigan’s spectacular finish to the Premier League campaign, which saw them comfortably avoid relegation by seven points after a series of convincing victories over leading clubs, has significantly enhanced his reputation, but Fenway Sports Group has also been impressed by his skill in creating attractive teams who are able to punch above their weight.

Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas was sounded out by Liverpool and held talks in Boston, but Martinez has always been the preferred choice for the Reds as they seek a young, dynamic coach who is capable of introducing a footballing ethos which runs through all levels at the club.

Jurgen Klopp, Frank de Boer and Brendan Rodgers all ruled themselves out of contention while the likes of Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho were not considered realistic targets. The desire for a young, progressive manager has ruled Fabio Capello, Rafael Benitez and Harry Redknapp out of contention.

Whelan suggested in an interview on Friday that Martinez has been made an offer by the Reds, adding that the Latics boss would want "full control" of football matters if he is to take over at Anfield.

While no formal offer has been made to Wigan, Whelan claimed that Martinez had discussed terms of a deal with the Anfield club in a meeting in Miami on Thursday.