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Wigan interested in Jones

Martinez ready to snap up former Wolves midfielder

Last Updated: 01/08/11 3:18pm

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Jones: Wigan target after impressing Martinez during pre-season training

Jones: Wigan target after impressing Martinez during pre-season training

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Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has made clear his intention to complete the permanent signing of ex-Wolves midfielder and current free agent David Jones.

The 26-year-old has impressed Martinez in training over the summer period and has also shone in appearances for the Latics during pre-season friendlies.

Although the former Manchester United youth player has been training with Wigan primarily to gain match fitness, he has become a genuine target for Martinez, who will look to agree personal terms with Jones over the coming week.

Martinez's enthusiasm is clearly shared by the Wigan fans as, following Jones' appearance as a second-half substitute against Preston, chants of "Roberto, sign him up" could be heard coming from the away end

Technically gifted

"We will be working extremely hard to try to persuade him his future lies at Wigan," Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post.

"If we can do that I'm sure he will be a big, big asset for this football club.

"David is a very talented player, technically very gifted, tactically very clever, and has great experience in the Premier League.

"He is 26 but has a great desire to learn, and has a sweet left foot.

"We will be working very hard to make sure he becomes a part of our football club and hopefully that will be sorted out very soon.

"I was already a big admirer of his from the work he did at Wolves, and when a player like him becomes available you can't let the opportunity pass you by."

After losing influential playmaker Charles N'Zogbia to Aston Villa, Martinez is looking to bolster his midfield, with Jones providing a cheap and viable option.

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