Latics miss out on McDonald

Loan deal for striker rejected by Bhoys

McDonald: Wigan target

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has revealed he has failed in an approach for Celtic striker Scott McDonald.

Martinez is a big fan of McDonald and tried to sign him during the last transfer window.

The Latics explored the option of signing the Australia international on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal.

However, Celtic have rebuffed their overtures with Martinez admitting they do not have the funds to sign the former Motherwell hit-man on a permanent basis this month.

Turned down

"We did make an approach to Celtic to sign Scott McDonald but it was turned down," Martinez told the Scottish Daily Express.

"We had wanted Scott on loan with a view to paying the full transfer in the summer.

"I think if they are to sell Scott McDonald then they will want any transfer fee up front but we are simply not in a position to do that.

"I tried to get him in the last window but that was also turned down."