Wigan linked with Macheda

Martinez insists he will not 'panic' in January transfer window

Federico Macheda: The Italian has played just five matches this season

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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has not ruled out his interest in Manchester United striker Federico Macheda.

Reports have suggested the DW Stadium boss wants to sign the Italian on loan in January in a bid to secure the additional firepower to avoid Premier League relegation.

Macheda has made just five appearances for United this season and has been behind Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Owen, who is currently injured.

The emergence of Will Keane means competition for places has increased at Old Trafford and Macheda could benefit from the opportunity of first-team football at another club.

"It would be a big mistake to talk about any individuals at this point."

Federico Macheda

Quotes of the week

Martinez is rumoured to be an admirer and the Wigan boss expects to be busy in January, although he does not want to discuss direct targets.

He told a press conference which was broadcast on Sky Sports News ahead of Boxing Day's trip to United: "It would be a big mistake to talk about any individuals at this point.

"Talking about players, I always find it disrespectful when they represent other football clubs.

Careful

"There is a long list. You need to understand, in our football club, when we want to bring a player in, there is a lot of work behind it and you need to go down to detail."

Martinez wants to strengthen his squad, but he insists he will avoid panic buys when the market opens in just over a week.

"At the moment, there are many names thrown in the market, as you can expect," he said.

"We are trying to improve our squad. In every window we will do that. That does not mean we will bring players, because sometimes you need to be very careful.

"We are going to bring the right personalities and the right characters to the club.

"But in many ways we will work hard at it and I am sure January is going to be a positive month for us and that is what we are working towards.

"But we never panic. We never bring players just for the sake of it. We will carry on working on the same lines."