Wigan spending their profits: Bruce set to add new faces after filling Whelan's pockets
23 January 2009 11:54
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Now that's magic: Wigan boss Steve Bruce has conjured up a considerable sum of money for his club during the January transfer window.
The Geordie has been working overtime as players have left the JJB Stadium, although he has filled his pockets to the tune of over£21m thanks to the sales of Wilson Palacios to Spurs and Emile Heskey, whose destination appears to be Villa Park, plus the departure of Marlon King on loan to Middlesbrough.
Bruce has completed a deal for Mido and will look to team the Egyptian up with his compatriot Amr Zaki in a powerful-looking attack.
And he is to hold talks with Crystal Palace midfielder Ben Watson later today in the hope of securing his release from Crystal Palace.
The England Under-21 international has already spoken to Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate but has kept a promise to speak to Bruce and the silver-tongued former double-winner will be hoping to persaude the athletic Watson that his future lies in Lancashire instead of Teesside.
The fee will only cost Bruce£1.5m and after bringing in Mexican forward Hugo Martinez for£4m, he has re-plenished his squad - and given owner Dave Whelan a whopping £15m profit on his transfer dealings.