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Wigan close in on Martinez

Wigan owner Dave Whelan is confident a deal to bring Roberto Martinez in as manager will be concluded by this morning.

The Barclays Premier League club were yesterday given permission to speak to the former Latics midfielder after agreeing a compensation package with Championship outfit Swansea.

Martinez, 35, was hugely popular in his six years as a player with the club from 1995-2001, when he was one of the ‘Three Amigos’ along with Isidro Diaz and Jesus Seba. Whelan said: "I am delighted and I know the whole of Wigan will be excited we are getting one of the Three Amigos back.

"Roberto played good football and I’ve followed his career go on and on. His players play football from back to front, I like what I see and I am really excited Roberto is coming back to Wigan.

"Compensation was something we had to agree, that is only fair and right. We did that with Birmingham and we have now agreed with the chairman of Swansea."

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