Wigan looking to pip Aston Villa to Spaniard

Mallorca defender Ivan RamisWigan Athletic are set to launch a late bid for Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis who is reportedly available for £4m, according to The Daily Mail.

The 27-year-old has been attracting interest from both Aston Villa and Sunderland but the Latics are looking to hijack any possible deal and take him to the DW Stadium.

Roberto Martinez will be keen to add a consistent defender to his ranks and Ramis fits the bill having only missed four league games for the Balearic Island side last season.

The Spanish defender has only ever represented Mallorca at club level but he was part of the squad, alongside Samuel Eto’o, that lifted the Copa del Rey in 2003.

Ramis had previously been linked to Celtic but it appears that interest has now filtered south of the border as Martinez’s team form a trio of clubs chasing the centre-back.

Wigan have also made an enquiry as to the availability of Watford’s 25-year-old defender Adrian Mariappa.

Following the arrival of new owners at the club and the installation of Gianfranco Zola as manager, it remains to be seen whether the Hornets will still be willing to part with the Jamaica international.

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