Lose one Eagle buy another
Barclays English Premier League club, Wigan Athletic are preparing a bid for £6 million-rated Everton striker, Victor Anichebe as they grow increasingly resigned to losing Victor Moses.
European champions, Chelsea have made no secret of their desire to secure the services of Moses and Wigan have now intensified their search for a potential replacement.
The Latics are now eyeing up Anichebe, who has struggled to establish himself at Goodison Park since breaking into the first team in 2006 as an 18-year-old.
Wigan chiefs are now planning for life after Moses, who has attracted strong interest from Chelsea.
Wigan chairman, Dave Whelan, had revealed last week that he had rejected an “absolutely stupid” offer for Moses from Chelsea of “a lot less than £4 million.”
The Champions League holders are expected to return with an improved offer for Moses, who has only a year remaining on his contract, of around £6 million.
Wigan, who are holding out for £10 million for the 21-year-old, want Moses to sign improved terms at the club but have been told by the player’s camp that he wants to leave.
Anichebe is regarded by the northwest club to have the pace, power and potential to be nurtured into a replacement for his fellow Nigerian international.
Manager Roberto Martinez has been told by Whelan he can spend the money generated from transfers this summer and there is a belief at Wigan that Everton will be willing to offload Anichebe if they receive an offer of around £6 million.
The 24-year-old scored five Premier League goals in 12 matches, including just five starts, last season but has scored just 18 goals in 135 games for Everton.