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Revolving door: Wigan Athletic’s 2 in, 2 out before the transfer window shuts

A squad overhaul is going to happen at Wigan this summer. Dan Lavercombe, Jonas Olsson, Shaun MacDonald, Callum Mcmanaman, Darron Gibson and James Vaughan were all released following the expiration of their contracts, while Nick Powell opted to head for Stoke rather than commit his future to The Latics.

As expected, Reece James, Antonee Robinson and Christian Walton have returned to their home clubs. Although the club is working hard with Everton to agree on signing Robinson permanently.

After a solid first season back in the Championship, finishing 18th. Wigan boss Paul Cook will be looking to build a squad that can challenge for mid-table.

I’m expecting at least seven new signings, however, I’ll have a look at two possible signings and departures…

Matt Miazga

Cook is actively looking for a ‘ball-playing’ defender to partner Danny Fox for next season. Although Cedric Kipre had a very good opening season, and Chey Dunkley is improving all the time, neither possess the ability to play out from the back with great confidence. Miazga had a positive impact at Reading last season, with Latics expected to take a couple of Chelsea players on loan following their outstanding work with Reece James, a deal to take the young American defender makes perfect sense.

Antonee Robinson

While it’s reported that Everton has accepted a bid from Wigan to take starlet Antonee Robinson to the DW Stadium permanently. They initially faced competition from Bristol City, however, The Robins confirmed the signing of Jay Da Silva yesterday, which will end their interest in Robinson.

Particularly towards the end of the season, the young American was brilliant for The Latics. Everton has valued him at around £3 million, which seems a steal for a player that is destined to play in the Premier League.

Jamie Walker

Walker is on the verge of re-signing for Hearts after Latics agreed to mutually terminate his contract.

The Scottish winger has failed to make a positive impact at the club since signing in January 2018. Cook sent him on loan to Peterborough last season in the hope he would find some confidence and form, unfortunately, he quickly fell out of favour, making just 12 appearances.

Devante Cole

Cole was signed in the same transfer window as Walker, in hope, he would provide extra firepower to get us promoted from League One, however again, the move has just never caught fire.

I still think he could do a good job at a League One side. He’s quick, a good finisher and done very well at Fleetwood in League One. I expect a number of EFL clubs to be trying to sign Cole this summer.

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