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Thursday 24 April 2014

Martinez not looking to sell Wigan stars

Franco Di Santo is one of several Wigan players attracting attention in the transfer market

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has warned suitors hoping to tempt his prize assets away that the club will not be selling during this transfer window.

Striker Franco Di Santo, defender Maynor Figueroa and midfielder James McCarthy have all been linked with other Barclays Premier League clubs, with attention particularly focused on the latter.

The Republic of Ireland international is reportedly in the sights of Arsenal and Everton, but Martinez said: "I've always said it's a real compliment when you've got teams looking at our players. We're not in a position where we're going to sell our best performers or our best assets. That's never happened before."

He added: "I think we've got players who could attract anyone's interest. That's not going to bring anything negative to our squad, it's the opposite. Everything is about Wigan Athletic at this point and individual situations will always be resolved in the best interests of the football club.

"We haven't got the financial power that other football clubs have but probably we are in one of the strongest positions. Our accounts are well balanced and we're making a profit. If we lose any players, it's going to be for the good of the football club.

"Whenever we lost players, it's been at the right price and at the right time and I don't think January is the right time to lose any of our important players when we're right in the middle of the fight."

Wigan have already moved to increase their squad this month, bringing in versatile midfielder Roger Espinoza from Sporting Kansas City and young striker Angelo Henriquez on loan from Manchester United. Martinez would like to add one more new face before the window closes at the end of January, but is keeping his targets close to his chest.

The Spaniard said: "We always wanted to do our work as early as we could in the window and we did that with Angelo and Roger and now they're both ready to help the team.

"Now we're going to work towards getting another body in. I do feel another body would complete the squad and as a football club we'll work as hard as we can.

"We are really strong in most of the areas, it's probably just one area where I would like to have extra cover because we have two competitions to fight for in the second half of the season and it's important we don't leave ourselves open to the risk of an injury or suspension that could cost us points."

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