Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Sunday July 15 2007
Another good week for the Latics saw them complete the signing of Jason Koumas from West Brom on Tuesday
Chris Hutchings completed his sixth summer signing following much haggling with the West Brom board over the fee which was finally settled at £5.3 million including add-ons
The Latics beat off competition for the signature of Koumas from a host of clubs including Fulham, Aston Villa, Everton and Middlesbrough
Following Lee McCulloch`s departure to Rangers on Wednesday Jason Koumas chose to have Super Lee`s old squad number 10, which could be appropriate has JK will probably be playing in McCulloch`s old left side of midfield position.
Scotland international McCulloch said his farewell`s at Latics Christopher Park training ground before travelling up to Glasgow to negotiate his own personal terms on his £2.3 million pound move north of the border
Life long Rangers fan McCulloch said it was a dream come true but still hard to leave the JJB and he promised to be back to cheer on the Latics when ever possible
Sunderland had another bid for Leighton Baines turned down by the club and Hutch is now in negotiations with Bainesy over a new contract
You don`t get players of the calibre of Bainesy coming through the ranks often so it is nice to see the club doing all they can to keep hold of him.
On Thursday Hutch declared that he had a nice headache for the coming season with three quality keepers at the club in Kirkland, Pollitt and Nash
To be honest I would be very surprised if a fit Chris Kirkland didn`t start all Latics league matches
Marlon Harewood is in town today (Sunday) to sign a deal that will see the striker switch from West Ham to the Latics for a fee believed to be around the £4 million mark
If he does sign today he will be able to jet off to Holland on the five day training camp with his new team mates.
The Latics are due to start their pre-season games whilst they are in Holland
Two games are planned for the coming week.
First up is FC Zwolle and then they face FC Den Bosch before returning back to Wigan on Friday
It is rumoured that Fulham midfielder Michael Brown is 'booked in` for a medical tomorrow (Monday) at the JJB and could be signing on a switch from Fulham for a reported £2.5 million, we`ll wait and see on that one
Don`t forget to pick up next weeks review for a look back on all the coming and goings of the week.
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Date:Sunday July 15 2007
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