Wigan want Wilfried Zaha – Roberto Martinez

Wigan will not be held to ransom over Zaha, boss Martinez warns Palace

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05:49 GMT, 21 September 2012

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is desperate to land Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha but will not bow to the Championship club's demands.

The Latics offered 3million for the highly-rated youngster in the summer transfer window but Palace want twice as much.

And Martinez admits he is unlikely to get his man unless the Eagles reduce their asking price.

In demand: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha is wanted by Wigan

In demand: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha is wanted by Wigan

'I think Wilfried has tremendous potential. He has grown massively over the last 12 months,' he said .

'The first time we saw him was against us in the Carling Cup a year ago, but he has come on a lot since then.

'Crystal Palace have high thoughts of him. I don’t think it is going to be a realistic player for us. In these situations it has to be value for money.'

Martinez also confirmed his interest in Honduras midfielder Roger Espinoza, whose contract at Major League Soccer side Kansas City expires this year.

One to watch: Roger Espinoza (left) is also wanted by Wigan

One to watch: Roger Espinoza (left) is also wanted by Wigan

Espinoza shone for his country at the London Olympics but Wigan may struggle to get a work permit.

'We will keep a close eye on him,' Martinez added.

'We have got really strong links with Honduras and been very successful there with Wilson Palacios, Hendry Thomas and Maynor Figueroa.'