Wigan Athletic have made an inquiry to Premier League side Burnley about the possible signing of striker Nahki Wells, a report from The Sun has claimed.
Wells is currently in his second consecutive season-long loan move with Wigan’s Championship rivals QPR, and has so far scored 23 goals in 71 appearances in all competitions for Rangers, who are 14th in the Championship after Wells’ winner a 1-0 victory over Leeds on Saturday afternoon.
The Latics meanwhile are in desperate need of a goalscorer in their battle against relegation, with the 25 league goals Paul Cook’s side have scored this season the lowest in the Championship, something which has conspired to leave Wigan 23rd in the table, two points adrift of safety after just one win in their last 16 league outings.
According to the latest reports, Wigan have now identified Wells as an option to find them those goals, although it seems that bringing the striker to the DW Stadium may be easier said than done.
It is thought that Burnley will only cut Wells’ loan with QPR short in order to allow him to move permanently elsewhere, and that the Latics may struggle to afford the fee and wages required to sign the 29-year-old.
There are just six months remaining on Wells’ contract with Burnley, and the striker has previously stated that he would choose to remain at QPR if he is given the final decision on his future beyond the end of this season.
This would be a useful signing for Wigan.
With summer recruits Kieffer Moore and Jamal Lowe among those failing to fire for the Latics this season, it does seem as though Wigan are still in dire need of a striker this month, and Wells has already shown he can get goals at this level.
But having spent so much on those two in the summer, it could be hard for them to spend big again on Wells in January, and you have to wonder whether the striker would want to leave a QPR side who will still have hopes of snatching a play-off place this season, to join a Wigan team battling against relegation.