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Wigan Athletic are interested in signing MK Dons midfielder Scott Fraser this summer, according to The Sun on Sunday (06/06, page 63).
Fraser joined MK Dons from Burton Albion in September, and enjoyed a really impressive first season under Russell Martin.
The midfielder scored 14 goals in 44 League One appearances this term, as well as chipping in with six assists too.
But the 26-year-old is now attracting interest, with Wigan Athletic said to be lining up an ambitious £400,000 move for the playmaker.
Here, we discuss whether we can see a move to the DW Stadium happening…
Wigan appear to be having a real go during the summer transfer window as they aim to improve their squad so that they can mount a potential promotion challenge in League One. The change in ownership has given them the funds to make moves for players like Scott Fraser and he would be an excellent addition to the squad.
Fraser has been an exceptional pick-up by MK Dons and he managed to be a major threat for them in the third tier last term and his tally of 14 goals from midfield is very impressive. He would add a lot of quality to Wigan and given them a player that would be able to arrive late from the middle of the park and support attacks.
MK Dons are going to be reluctant to allow Fraser to leave the club, but Wigan’s new financial situation enables them to come in with offers that will seriously tempt them into selling. As a result, you could potentially see them managing to secure his signature.
It would be something of a statement of intent from the Latics were they to poach a player of Fraser’s quality from a side that might potentially be looking to mount a top-six challenge of their own next term.
I think this would be a very good signing for Wigan if they do manage to get it done.
The Latics are going have to undergo something of a squad overhaul this summer, following what was something of a stop-gap season that only saw them narrowly avoid relegation from League One before coming out of administration late in the campaign.
Fraser made an impressive impact for MK Dons last season, and the attacking threat he brings would be a big boost for Wigan if they could add it to their squad.
The fact they are willing to spend a fee such as this is also promising for Wigan, given the financial challenges they were facing not that long ago, and it does highlight the commitment that their new owners have to the club, which suggests they will be willing to fund this deal, and could make it an appealing move for Fraser, meaning it may not be a big surprise if it does happen.
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He’s had a brilliant season with Milton Keynes and it’s no shock at all to see him being linked with bigger clubs.
£400,000 is a lot of money at League One level and I think the Buckinghamshire club would be silly to turn that sort of money down.
It would be a great signing for Wigan as he offers a real goal scoring threat from midfield.
He’d also fit into the style of play that the Latics are looking to implement across the board.
I can see this one happening mainly because I don’t think MK can afford to turn down a fee of that size.