Latics close on Kirkland
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Skysports.com understand Wigan Athletic are closing in on the signing of Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.
The Latics are believed to have agreed a season-long loan deal for the former Coventry City custodian, with the option to buy him at the end of the loan.
The player's agent revealed to skysports.com last week that a couple of clubs were chasing Kirkland, but it appears Wigan are on the verge of securing his signature with just a few minor issues to be ironed out.
Liverpool are willing to let Kirkland leave as they have Jose Reina, Jerzy Dudek and Scott Carson all ahead of him in the pecking order.
Kirkland spent last season on loan at West Bromwich Albion, but after a promising early start to his career at The Hawthorns, he picked up an injury which forced him to sit on the sidelines.
Wigan have held a long-term interest in Kirkland and tried to sign him last season.
Latics boss Paul Jewell is a big fan of Kirkland and sees him as coming in as first choice goalkeeper, if he can prove his fitness.
Kirkland is back to full fitness and he is keen to secure a move away from Liverpool so that he can get regular first-team action and try and win his place back in the England squad.