Date: 19th June 2016 at 4:57pm
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International tournaments during close season always appear to have an effect on potential transfers in the top two divisions of the English league, the Euro’s taking place in France at the moment are certainly doing that with little to no movement of players around the clubs including the Latics, but there is still quite a bit of gossip around, so let’s take a look at who the media have been linking us with.

The ever reliable Paul Kendrick of the Wigan Evening Post is linking us with imminent moves for both former player Jordi Gomez who is currently at Sunderland, and Barnsley skipper Conor Hourihane.

Gomez’s return has of course been discussed right here on Vital Latics since January and it appears that we have been chasing his return for six months now, but news earlier in the week coming from the North East suggested that Sunderland were prepared to ‘pay up’ the remainder of Gomez’s contract to allow him to leave, there is suggestion that he could be unveiled as a Latics player in the next couple of days, though there is also reported interest in Gomez from Spanish club Real Betis, we will find out soon enough on this deal.

Hourihane has a £500,000 release clause in his contract and he is a sort after player following an excellent season for the Tykes, with Colchester’s Alex Gilbey also expected to sign by the end of next week and an interest in recently released Everton midfield man Leon Osman it could be on the cards that the contract offered to Chris McCann has been rejected and that the Irishman is about to leave the club.

Reports from Scotland that we have shown interest in Ross County midfielder, yep another one, Jackson Irvine, who is an Australia international, but County don’t want to sell.

Derby County’s defender, 31 year old Jake Buxton and Nottingham Forest’s 30 year centre back Kelvin Wilson are also being touted as possible targets for the Latics by various media outlets.

A list of players currently making the gossip columns with regards to a move to the DW:

Leon Osman (34) Everton – Midfield
Kelvin Wilson (30) Nottingham Forest – Central Defender
Jackson Irvine (23) Ross County – Midfield
Jake Buxton (31) Derby County – Defender
Nick Powell (21) Manchester United – Attacking Midfield
Steven Fletcher (29) Sunderland – Striker
Paul McGinn (25) Dundee – Defender
Darren Pratley (31) Bolton Wanderers – Midfield
Jonny Hayes (28) Aberdeen – Winger
Alex Bruce (31) Hull City – Defender.
Reece Burke (19) West Ham United – Defender.
Conor McAleny (24) Everton – Midfield
Alex Gilbey (20) Colchester United – Midfield
Danny Graham (30) Sunderland – Striker
Jordi Gomez (31) Sunderland – Midfield
Scott Allan (24) Celtic – Midfielder (loan)
Liam Kelly (26) Oldham – Midfielder
John Egan (23) Gillingham – Centre back
Donald Love (21) Manchester United – Right back / Wing back
Conor Hourihane (25) Barnsley – Midfielder

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