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Wigan Join Bolton in Targeting Garner
Thursday, 9th Aug 2018 15:25

TWTD understands Wigan have joined Bolton in showing interest in striker Joe Garner ahead of the closure of the transfer window at 5pm this afternoon.

The Trotters have long been known to want the 30-year-old, who is believed to be keen on a return to the North-West, but now the Latics are also targeting the former Preston frontman.

Speaking at his press conference earlier this afternoon, manager Paul Hurst ruled out left-back Jonas Knudsen, who was interesting Stoke and Middlesbrough, moving on today but was less sure about Garner’s situation.

“As I sit here I don’t think any of them will be leaving, but it is a transfer window in football and you’re never quite sure,” he said.

“I certainly think with Jonas I’d expect him 100 per cent still to be here. I think with Joe it might be slightly different but again, I haven’t been told that anything’s looking likely on that front. So, I think it’ll be as we are in terms of the squad going forward.”

Would he prefer to have signed another striker before allowing the former Rangers man to depart?

“I think in an ideal world, we probably would but again he might not be going anywhere yet. It’s a difficult one because Joe’s clearly an experienced player and he’s different to a lot of what I’ve been speaking about,” Hurst added.

“That experience could be vital for us. Joe’s situation isn’t an absolutely straightforward one. But we’ll see what these next couple of hours bring and then thankfully I’ll be able to ignore my phone for a little while, although as I’ve mentioned we will be looking at loan opportunities between now and the close of the window, the second closure if you like.”

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sheepy606 added 15:27 - Aug 9
Garner to Wigan and Windass to us?

xrayspecs added 15:31 - Aug 9
PH made some comment about the Windass deal not being possible. Could be the fee they are seeking is beyond what we can afford.

xrayspecs added 15:32 - Aug 9
We also need some monies for a CB.

Northstander_Blue added 15:33 - Aug 9
Garner to Wigan
Windass to us

pablocounago999 added 15:34 - Aug 9
xrayspecs we currently have 4 million in profit from this transfer window so don’t see how spending another 2 million is out of our budget, especially when we would get over 500k for Joey

jimmyjames added 15:38 - Aug 9
Keep Garner as it looks like Windass is heading elsewhere. If Garner was off, then I'd say push hard for Windass but it doesn't look likely right now does it. So keep Garner!

itfckenty added 15:42 - Aug 9
Windass going to wigan it seems, if Wingan want Garner, tell them they can have him for the Windass deal

BigAlsMate added 16:24 - Aug 9
I'd find it pretty sickening if we lose Windass to Wigan and then lost Garner to Wigan also. That would be taking the pi$$ by Wigan!

deano85 added 16:38 - Aug 9
I would guess wigan were looking at Garner as a backup incase we got windass..?

dubblue added 17:30 - Aug 9
Pablo above asks an interesting question is PH getting to spend all the money we get from sales? We certainly are getting a lot of players in!

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