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Bruce: No need to sell stars
09 Jan 2009 - 14:37:49
Wigan Athletic manager Steve Bruce has denied suggestions that Hugo Rodallega's potential arrival at the JJB Stadium will lead to the departure of one of his other strikers.
Colombia international Rodallega will join the Latics from Mexican side Necaxa next week subject to acquiring a work permit.
But Bruce claims his impeding arrival will not lead to the departures of either Amr Zaki or Emile Heskey - who have both been linked with moves away from the club during the January transfer window.
"We are a little bit light in that area but it doesn't pave the way for anyone (to be sold) because in terms of numbers, I have 19 outfield players and three goalkeepers," he said.
"If we lose two or three we are up against it, but I'd rather have 23 or 24 because it's easier to handle. It doesn't pave the way for anyone to go."
Meanwhile, Bruce believes he has pulled off a major transfer coup with the proposed signing of the 23-year-old South American.
Referring to next week's work permit hearing, he added: "That is the next hurdle we have to overcome and we hope it will not be a problem, because he is a very good player at the right age.
"He has not quite done 70 per cent (of international matches required for a work permit) over the last two years, but he is one per cent short and we will explain all those things to the work permit panel.
"If he comes I am sure he will enhance the Premier League.
"We are paying an awful lot of money for Wigan's standards, but we have every faith he can come into our squad and be a big addition for us."