Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has confirmed that his club have moved to in trump Middlesbrough in the race to sign Celtic centre-half Gary Caldwell.
The 27-year-old Scotland stopper is one of a number of Bhoys players set to leave the club this month and Caldwell had been expected to join former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan at Boro.
However, the Latics are now close to getting their man, having recently boosted their defensive ranks with the signing of Ivory Coast international Steve Gohouri.
Whelan told the Scottish Daily Mail: "We knew the lad was keen to work again with Gordon Strachan at Middlesbrough, but we wanted him to come here and made him a very good offer.
"You always think a player will fancy a crack at the English Premier League rather than the Championship."
Whelan also confirmed that the Latics initially made an approach for Rangers' Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra.
He added: "Roberto Martinez definitely had an interest in Madjid Bougherra."