Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has confirmed the club have made an offer for Celtic's Gary Caldwell.
The 27-year-old defender is looking to leave the Glasgow giants and was set to link up again with former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan at Middlesbrough.
But the move fell through and Premier League Wigan stepped in with an approach for Caldwell, who came through the ranks at Newcastle before leaving for Hibernian in 2004 after failing to make a first-team appearance for the Magpies.
The Scotland international is therefore eager to test himself in the English top-flight, with reports claiming he could seal his move to Wigan on Wednesday morning.
Very good offer
"We knew the lad was keen to work again with Gordon Strachan at Middlesbrough but we wanted him to come here and made him a very good offer," Whelan told the Scottish Daily Mail.
"You always think a player will fancy a crack at the English Premier League rather than the Coca-Cola Championship."
Whelan also revealed that Wigan manager Roberto Martinez had initially targeted Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra before the Latics turned their attention to Caldwell.