Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan claims to have rejected three offers in as many weeks from Chelsea for winger Victor Moses.
Manager Roberto Di Matteo has placed the Nigerian international, who has a year left on his contract at the DW Stadium, top of his summer shopping list as he hunts attacking reinforcements ahead of the new Premier League season.
The 21-year-old has been linked with a move to several top-flight clubs, namely Arsenal and Liverpool, but it seems as if the Blues are leading the chase for his signature.
Whelan very publicly rebuffed an initial bid of £3.5million from Di Matteo last month accusing the Champions League winners of ‘taking the mickey’ with their latest bid thought to be around the £5million mark.
The Latic’s chief hasn’t given up hope of persuading Moses to stick with the club believing another year of development under boss Roberto Martinez is necessary but admits he will listen to fresh proposals for the attack.
“They’ve made three bids and we’ve not accepted any,” said Whelan in The Sun. “We’re still hoping that he signs an extended deal.
“They’ve all come in the last three weeks, but they’ve not offered enough.
“I don’t know if they’ll bid again, but if they do we always listen. And if it is what Roberto believes he is worth then we will take it from there.
“If the lad had any brains he’d stay under Roberto for another year or so.”
Meanwhile, Fulham are reportedly closing in on a loan deal for Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku with Martin Jol keen to sign a striker after losing Andy Johnson and Pavel Pogrebynak.
It’s understood 19-year-old Belgium international will be allowed to spend the season on loan at Craven Cottage after failing to break into the first team following his £18 million switch from Anderlecht last year.