Everton interested in Wigan hitman

Everton boss David Moyes is ready to firm up his interest in Wigan striker Hugo Rodallega in an attempt to boost his strike force before the transfer window closes.

Reports indicate that Moyes is desperate to sign a forward before the end of January and is preparing an offer for Rodallega who has already stated his intention to leave the DW Stadium in the summer. The Toffees chief is confident he can persuade the 26-year-year old to make the switch to Merseyside this month rather than wait until the summer.

It’s a scenario Wigan would prefer as they’d be able to make a profit on the £4.5 million they paid to Necaxa in 2009 and allow Roberto Martinez to sign long-term target Nicky Maynard as a replacement for the Colombian who has scored 24 goals in 121 appearances for the club. Moyes is desperate to bring in striking reinforcements during the January window after seeing first choice front two Louis Saha and Tim Cahill struggle for goals this season.

The protracted sale of midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to Spartak Moscow is expected to finance a deal for Rodallega who is keen to leave the Latics after their struggles at the wrong end of the table . His form during this season has hardly been prolific though scoring just twice in 24 appearances although he did spend a substantial period of time on the sidelined following

That hasn’t put Moyes off his pursuit although he’ll have to fend off interest from a clutch of Premier League clubs for Rodallega’s signature. Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and QPR have all been credited with an interest in the striker although the 48-year-old is optimistic he can convince him to move to Goodison Park.

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