Stones could rock at the DW Stadium as Wigan race to sign 3m teen
23:16 GMT, 22 December 2012
Wigan are set to beat Chelsea, Sunderland, Manchester City and Everton to sign 3million Barnsley teenager John Stones.
The 18-year-old right-back has been impressive for the Championship club this season.
Looking to strengthen: Roberto Martinez
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is
confident of bringing him to the DW Stadium in January by promising him
regular first-team football – something the big clubs are unable to do.
Martinez has already wrapped up a
deal for Honduras international Roger Espinoza and agreed to bring in
striker Chile Angelo Henriquez on loan from Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Michael Appleton's
problems as Blackpool manager continue, with former boss Ian Holloway
determined to take defender Neil Eardley to Crystal Palace.
Appleton, already facing a fight to
keep Tom Ince from Liverpool, does not want lose Eardley as well but
knows the player has a special relationship with Holloway, who signed
him soon after taking the job in 2009.