Thursday, January 19, 2012

Premier League's bottom sides make their move

Jean Beausejour looks set for a move to Wigan Athletic after the Lancashire club agreed a fee with Birmingham City.

The 27-year-old, who has been a standout performer in the Championship this season, will now open talks with the Premier League basement side.

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has previously stated his desire to bring in quality to complement the players he already has at the club and boost his team's chances in the relegation betting stakes.

Speaking after his side’s 3-1 defeat at Queens Park Rangers, Martinez said: "We will use the transfer window to try to help the players we have at the club, but we already have belief and desire to do it."

The Chile international joined the Blues in August 2010 after impressive performances in the 2010 World Cup and has gone on to make 55 appearances for the club.

Beausejour has played a big role in Birmingham’s ascent up the Championship table and would be a big loss to Chris Hughton’s side.

It remains to be seen whether the Chilean makes the move from the Midlands. Birmingham currently occupy a play-off spot in the Championship, while Wigan are in real danger of losing their top-flight status.

Punters who bet on relegation will also take note transfer activity elsewhere among the strugglers.

Elsewhere at the bottom, Bolton’s survival hopes received a boost with news that American defender Tim Ream has been granted a work permit.

The 24-year-old will make the move across the Atlantic after impressing Owen Coyle while training with the club. Once the formalities are completed, Ream will complete his move from New York Bulls and could be a long-term replacement for Gary Cahill.

Mark Hughes will have to look elsewhere for firepower after Brazilian striker Henrique was denied a work permit. The QPR boss was hoping Henrique would go some way to solving the R’s problems in front of goal, but his work permit application was turned down.

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