Hutchings pursues Harewood
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan manager Chris Hutchings remains hopeful of signing Marlon Harewood.Wigan Athletic manager Chris Hutchings remains hopeful of signing Marlon Harewood from West Ham United.
Skysports.com revealed earlier in the week that the Latics are leading the chase for the striker, who is being allowed to leave Upton Park.
Birmingham City have had a bid rejected, while Portsmouth, Fulham and Aston Villa all hold an interest in the 27-year-old.
Hutchings has also confirmed his intent to add Harewood to his stable of new signings at the JJB Stadium before the start of the season.
A fee of £3.5million has been mooted for the former Nottingham Forest forward and Hutchings admits the matter is ongoing.
The Latics chief is also hoping that the fall-out from last season's Carlos Tevez saga, when Wigan chairman Dave Whelan called for the Hammers to be docked points, does not impact on a deal for Harewood.
"What happened is in the past," said Hutchings in the Sun. "You can't look back.
"We've shown an interest in Marlon and that is ongoing."