Wigan want 'new Bosman' move
By Adam Marshall. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Wigan Athletic are closing in on the signing of Hearts defender Andy Webster.
In what looks a complicated move, the JJB Stadium side are taking advice from Fifa as to how to progress the transfer.
The 26-year-old has not figured for Hearts since April after discussions regarding a new contract collapsed.
Wigan have confirmed they are hoping to wrap up the signing by taking advantage of the governing body's new transfer rules.
"This is a new kind of Bosman if you like because Andy is hoping to be the first player to move before the end of his contract, using the new Fifa rule," said Wigan chief executive Brenda Spencer.
"We have had to deal extensively with legal departments and consultants who are experts in European player issues.
"But hopefully, the matter will be concluded very soon. It has been a very complicated process but this will be a unique transfer."
Manager Paul Jewell is a big admirer of Webster's talents.
"The delay has been a little bit frustrating for both parties," he conceded. "But this is a move I really want to see completed.
"Andy is a player I think can make a big difference to the team. He has all the qualities I like in my defenders and it's no wonder there have been other clubs looking at him.
"He is a defender who loves to defend, he is fantastic in the air, fearless in the tackle and reads the game very well."