Dutch ace set for Latics talks
By James Pearson & Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
AZ Alkmaar have accepted Wigan's bid for Holland midfielder Denny Landzaat.
Denny Landzaat is set to travel to England to hold transfer talks with Wigan Athletic after AZ Alkmaar accepted a bid for his services.
Paul Jewell's side have been linked with the Holland international, who has 26 caps to his name, for some time.
A host of clubs are chasing the £2.3 million-rated midfielder, including Stuttgart, Levante and Espanyol - the player's preferred destination.
Landzaat is believed to have agreed terms with the Barcelona-based club, although Wigan, having matched AZ's valuation, will get the first chance to officially speak to the player.
The 30-year-old made three substitute appearances for his country in this summer's World Cup and Jewell is confident he can also make an impact at The JJB.
Jewell is remaining cautious on whether The Latics will be able to strike an accord with Landzaat, who is due in England early next week.
"He's a player that I think can make a big impact at Wigan and I hope we can finalise the deal," Jewell told the club's official website.
"It is not normal for us to comment on targets before a deal is completed but in this instance the news has already been made public.
"I don't want to say anything more at this stage, only to say we are very hopeful that Denny will become a Wigan Athletic player in the near future."
Meanwhile, AZ have stated the loss of Landzaat will not impact on their squad for next season as they have already acquired his replacement.
AZ were happy to allow Landzaat to speak to prospective clubs as they promised they would not stand in his way if the chance to move abroad came about.
"We have already stated we were expecting to transfer Denny and we've signed a player for his position," said AZ's technical director Marcel Brands.
"Denny has always stated his ambition to play in a foreign league and we have promised him to co-operate with an international move.
"We are expecting the player and club to reach an agreement next week."