Wigan are looking ‘very hopeful’ of signing Hull City goalkeeper David Marshall, journalist Alan Nixon has reported.
On Sunday night, Nixon revealed that Marshall had overtaken Christian Walton as the Latics’ first choice goalkeeper target, and providing an update on Monday morning, the journalist appeared to suggest that a move to the DW Stadium is now looking likely, for what he described as a ‘cracking free.’
Wigan. David Marshall deal looking very hopeful. Cracking free.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) July 8, 2019
Marshall joined Hull from Cardiff in the summer of 2016, and has gone on to make 67 appearances in all competitions for the Tigers.
The 34-year-old is out of contract at the KCOM Stadium following the expiry of his deal at the end of last season, and newly appointed Hull boss Grant McCann recently admitted to the Hull Daily Mail that it is unlikely that Marshall will play for the club again.
In comparison to Marshall, the 23-year-old Walton has spent the last two seasons on loan with Wigan, making 69 appearances in all competitions for the Latics, helping them to the League One title during his first season at the club, followed by an 18th place finish in the Championship last year.
This could be an outstanding signing for Wigan.
Marshall has plenty of experience in the Championship, and with both Walton and Jamie Jones struggling to hold down the number one spot at Wigan last season, you feel Marshall’s ability could see him make that spot his own at the DW Stadium.
As a goalkeeper, you feel that even at 34-years-old Marshall will still have plenty to offer for some time yet, which could be a big help in allowing the Latics to finally establish themselves in the second tier after a couple of yo-yo seasons.
Given Marshall’s contract situation, you have to feel this is a really smart move by Wigan to capitalise on that and secure a hugely reliable goalkeeper at this level for very little expense.