WIGAN TABLES £12M FOR MOSES
Barclays English Premier League club, Wigan Athletic is demanding £12 million for Nigeria winger, Victor Moses. The young striker has been at the centre of intense transfer speculation linking him with a move to Liverpool and Chelsea. The Latics have now told both clubs that they will have to offer at least £12 million to land the Super Eagles pearl.
Chelsea had a £6 million bid for the frontman rejected while new Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, a keen admirer of the Nigerian is also on the trail of the 21-year-old.
But Wigan owner, Dave Whelan will play hard ball over the fee in order to get the best possible deal for the Latics. Wigan boss, Roberto Martinez is reluctant to lose one of his star assets but accepts the club's need to sell to survive outweighs his team-building plans.
Meanwhile, Whelan and Martinez are pointing to the £9.5m they received from Aston Villa for Charles N'Zogbia last summer to help set the benchmark figure for Moses, who has chosen to play for homeland Nigeria despite playing for England at youth and Under21 level.
Wigan will argue that Moses' potential and youth makes him a far more valuable asset than N'Zogbia and that the £12 million fee is not only realistic but also a firm stand they will not back down from, putting the onus back on both Chelsea and Liverpool.