Wigan Athletic are keen on signing Queens Park Rangers winger Matty Philips on loan, according to the Daily Mail.
Wigan are verging on losing winger Shaun Maloney to Premier League outfit Leicester City for £1 million and will need to replace their versatile Scot. Philips would only be a temporary replacement, but would certainly fill the gap left by Maloney.
Philips has a fantastic balance on pace and power to his his game, and is a very threatening winger who would give any defender a headache. He’s only made 10 appearances in the Premier League this season, five starts and five substitute appearances.
He was a big part in QPR’s campaign in the Championship last year, which was also his debut season in a Rangers shirt after arriving from Blackpool for £5 million, making 21 appearances and finding the back of the net three times.
Wigan have had a season from Hell this year, and also faced another deafeat over the weekend, playing Birmingham away. Clayton Donaldson’s hattrick doomed Wigan to a 3-1 defeat. City went 2-0 up after just 14 minutes, before a stunning strike from James McClean pulled one back for the Lactics. Donaldson then sealed the win in the 64th minute.
Manager Malky Mackay said to Sky Sports after the match: “I think we shot ourselves in the foot, giving the ball away in a really poor area and against any team, you’re going to be punished. We gave ourselves a mountain to climb with both of the first half goals.
“Then we settled and getting a goal settled us down more. We were in the ascendancy after that and had two or three chances early in the second half. You’ve got to take those, but we didn’t and then the third goal deflated us.”
Wigan are stuck in the relegation zone on 20 points in 23rd place, five points away from safety, eight defeats in their last ten games