Grant weighing up Baradji move

Baradji has been on trial with the Latics for three weeks and was

part of their squad for the recent tour of Austria. Roberto

Martinez is believed to have been impressed with the 26-year-old

but he has yet to make the Paris-born player a formal offer. That

has alerted Grant, who tried to sign Baradji last season when he

was at Portsmouth. Baradji has been signed by West Ham once before,

in 2005, but did not make an appearance for the Londoners as he

immediately left for Reading on loan and was then released by the

Hammers when the loan deal came to an unsuccessful end. Grant is

still keen on bringing in new faces to Upton Park and is not

thought to have been put off by Baradji’s history. Whether that now

triggers Martinez into action remains to be seen, although if he

did miss out on the player it would not go down well with the Wigan

support, who have expressed their keenness to sign a player who

also holds Senegalese citizenship.