Jewell stands firm on Chimbonda
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Paul Jewell has reiterated that Pascal Chimbonda will be staying at Wigan Athletic until the club's asking price is met.
The full back asked to quit The Latics at the end of last season and has been the subject of bids from Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
But Wigan's valuation of £6 million has yet to be matched, despite persistent rumours that Chimbonda will soon be on his way.
The signing of Emmerson Boyce from Crystal Palace on Tuesday served to fuel new rumours that Chimbonda will be allowed to leave The JJB Stadium.
Jewell, though, is adamant that the France international is going nowhere until a club are prepared to meet his true value.
"There's got to be a club willing to buy anybody before there is a possible departure," Jewell told Sky Sports News.
"Until Tottenham comes up, or any club comes up, with what we want for a possible departure, he will remain at our football club because he is paid by Wigan and plays for us."
The arrival of Boyce on a four-year contract from Palace has buoyed Jewell, who admits his squad is thin on the ground at the moment.
Speaking after the 2-1 friendly win over Barnsley on Tuesday night, Jewell added: "Matt Jackson's gone off with an Achilles problem.
"We do need some bodies. It's a big, big area where we need to bring in quality bodies.
"He's (Boyce) a good defender. He's got a bit of pace and is good in the air."