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Bruce keen to keep Landzaat
11 Jan 2008 - 11:57:06
Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce has snubbed an approach from Ajax to sign midfielder Denny Landzaat.
The former Netherlands international joined the Latics 18 months ago from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and has made 61 appearances for the JJB Stadium outfit.
The 31-year-old has been in and out of the starting line-up this season but Bruce does not want to lose any of his first-team squad.
Landzaat is also reportedly a target for Ajax's Eredivisie rivals Feyenoord.
Bruce told the Wigan Observer: "There's been contact from Ajax about Denny but as yet no bid from them.
"At the moment, I don't really want to lose anyone. I'm looking to build a squad rather than let players go.
"Denny has done extremely well since I took this job and I'd be reluctant to lose him."
Meanwhile, Bruce is anticipating a difficult encounter when his side take on rock-bottom Derby County on Saturday.
"(Boss) Paul (Jewell) has brought in Robbie Savage, Laurent Robert, Danny Mills and Emanuel Villa, and there could be one or two more by tomorrow," he added.
"A little bit of me was tempted to try to bring Robbie Savage to Wigan, but I didn't go down the road of making an enquiry.
"But I can see why Paul has taken him. He will give everyone at Derby a lift. We're looking forward to going there and I have a nice big selection problem. Let's hope I pick the right team."