As transfer deadline day came to a close at 11 o’clock last night, late deals flew in with Jack Butland joining Stoke and Chris Samba heading to QPR. Yet one man bypassed Wigan in favour of Goodison Park; John Stones.
You could be forgiven for not having heard of the 18-year-old full-back. He signed for Everton from Barnsley for £3 million, but chose Merseyside after turning down a move to the Lancashire club. Stones is highly rated and Roberto Martinez will be disappointed he missed out on the defender.
As it was, Wigan had to make do with one deadline day signing, bringing back Paul Scharner from Hamburg on loan; just five months after he left the Premier League for the Bundesliga. Scharner spent 5 years at the DW Stadium and Martinez was quoted in the Telegraph stating:
There is no better centre-half for us to bring in than Paul Scharner. He knows the football club, we know him well, he has incredible experience and is a meticulous professional.”
Scharner’s loan deal until the end of the season is coupled with fellow loan signings Joel Robles and Angelo Henriquez. Robles is a 22-year-old goalkeeper from Atletico Madrid and was praised for his performance against Macclesfield on his Wigan debut.
Henriquez has arrived from Manchester United until the end of the season, as cover for the absent Arouna Kone who is at the Africa Cup of Nations. The 18-year-old is highly rated at Old Trafford and Martinez will be hoping he can emulate fellow United loanee Tom Cleverley – who helped Wigan avoid relegation two seasons ago.
The only permanent signing for the Latics in this transfer window is Roger Espinoza from Kansas City Wizards. The versatile Honduras international arrived at the DW Stadium on a free transfer back on January 4th and has already featured 4 times for the club.
Roberto Martinez would possibly have been hoping for more out of this January window, as not only did he miss out on Stones, but established Irish winger Aiden McGeady also turned down a move to Lancashire. The Spartak Moscow player reportedly made a u-turn, after stating he wanted to move back to Britain he then changed his mind and decided to stay in Russia.
Transfer information from Sky Sports.