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Roberto Martinez expects Maynor Figueroa to leave Wigan

Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa
Figueroa posted an early contender for goal of the season against Stoke

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez admits he expects Maynor Figueroa to leave the club in the near future, though not as soon as the January transfer window.

Figueroa hit the headlines with a 60-yard wonder-strike in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Stoke City, and has been in impressive form throughout the season.

It has led to him being linked with a £6m move away from the club.

And Martinez said: "He'll probably go next summer... but I am certainly not looking to lose anyone in January."

Sunderland and Stoke have both been linked with moves for the Honduran 26-year-old following a string of fine performances since he joined the Latics last season.

And with Paul Scharner being linked with a move to Fulham next month, it had been suggested Martinez was under pressure to balance the books in the next transfer window.

However, while conceding Figueroa, for one, is likely to move on at the end of the season, Martinez insists he will be able to keep his squad together for the rest of the campaign.


"We are not in a position where we have to sell," said Martinez, who is supposedly lining up Swansea's Leon Britton as a potential replacement for Scharner.

"I am looking to bring players in during January and I am sure we will do that but the focus just now is getting the best from players we already have.

"You won't hear me rejecting speculation about anyone coming to Wigan because we are having to look in a lot of leagues to find the right characters. For us, it is not just about signing good players, it is about making sure the personalities are perfect too."

On Figueroa, he added: "He is the kind of player we want to keep, of course. Obviously we don't want to lose our best performers and Maynor has been outstanding the whole season. And it is not just that, he is a terrific character.

"I would be very surprised if teams didn't want him because he is ready for big things.

"We know that we will not be able to keep him forever because the reality is he is slowly fulfilling his potential, and his potential should be to go to the top of the top.

"(But) he is a young man and he has enough time to get to the highest level. For now he is staying here."

Figueroa's stunning strike on Saturday was only his second goal in English football.

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Ball close to signing for Wigan
10 Dec 09 |  Wigan
Stoke 2-2 Wigan
12 Dec 09 |  Premier League
Wigan confirm Figueroa knee blow
29 Oct 09 |  Wigan
Figueroa wraps up move to Wigan
23 Dec 08 |  Wigan
Wigan swoop for defender Figueroa
17 Jan 08 |  Wigan

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