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Wigan renew Robinson bid

Hutchings still keen on defender

By Peter Fraser.   Last Updated: 07/08/07 11:10am

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Wigan manager Chris Hutchings is to resurrect his attempt to sign West Brom full-back Paul Robinson.

"The real test will be in the first game and that is what we are looking forward to."
Chris Hutchings Quotes of the week

Hutchings is keen to bring in a replacement for Leighton Baines, who has left the club in a £6million move to Everton, ahead of the new season.

The JJB Stadium boss saw an initial attempt to sign Robinson fall through after the 28-year-old failed a medical last week, but Hutchings has now renewed his £3m move.

"There is a bit of a stalemate on the medical side and with the fee as regards Paul Robinson," Hutchings told the Daily Star.

"It's ongoing at the moment, but it depends on whether we can do anything different in terms of how we want to pay the fee."

Relegation battle

Hutchings, who took over at Wigan after Paul Jewell resigned at the end of last season, has had a busy summer in the transfer market as he looks to avoid a repeat of the relegation battle which marred the previous campaign.

Wigan have brought in Titus Bramble, Antoine Sibierski, Mario Melchiot, Jason Koumas, Michael Brown, and made the loan move of Andreas Granqvist permanent in the close season.

Despite the large number of new faces, Hutchings is happy with how his squad is coming together as they build up for their Premier League kick-off at Everton on Saturday.

"Obviously bringing quite a few new faces in it takes time to gel, but they seem to have settled in very quickly," Hutchings told SkySports News.

"But, the real test will be in the first game and that is what we are looking forward to."


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