Wigan Athletic have offered a new contract to forward Kyle Joseph as the Latics aim to prevent the 19-year-old from leaving the club this summer amid interest from numerous clubs.
Joseph has been a player in a lot of demand heading into the summer with his current deal at Wigan set to expire. It has been reported previously that the likes of Celtic, Rangers and Tottenham Hotspur were potentially interested in making a move for the forward this summer. That comes with him having enjoyed a promising campaign in the third tier scoring five goals in his 18 appearances.
A recent report from the Daily Mail has indicated that Newcastle United are considering making the move to sign Joseph and have discussed the possibility of securing his future. Football Insider have reported previously that the Latics could receive a fee of around £1 million, if Joseph was to leave the club this summer and remain at an English club.
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It has now been confirmed by the Latics that they have offered Joseph a new potential contract to try and extend his stay with them beyond the end of his existing deal. That could potentially help Wigan drive up his transfer valuation ahead of summer interest and ensure they do not lose one of their most talented assets for a low fee this window.
This is a very sensible move from Wigan and you can fully understand why they have moved to secure the longer-term future of Joseph. The 19-year-old is someone that they know they could generate a lot of potential money from were they to sell him in the transfer market this summer or in the next few transfer windows.
It could be a potential blow to clubs like Newcastle, Celtic and Rangers if he were to sign a new deal with Wigan. However, you would expect that if he does commit to fresh terms there will be an understanding that the Latics will allow him to leave the club if they were to receive a suitable offer for him during the summer window.
Joseph could well benefit from another full season of League One football and having the chance to be guaranteed a starting role week in week out in the third tier. That might be enough to convince him to stick around for another year and that would be a major potential boost to the Latics’ hopes of building on their survival this term.