Martinez wants window changes

Athletic chairman Dave Whelan this week voiced his displeasure

at Chelsea’s interest in his 21-year-old forward, accusing the

Champions League winners of “messing about” in their pursuit of him

by failing to meet his asking price, which is believed to be in the

region of ?9million.

Until such a valuation is met, Whelan will not entertain

allowing Moses to leave the DW Stadium, leaving Martinez with a

delicate matter on his hands.

With over two weeks to go until the transfer window closes, he

knows it could only take one phone call to prise one of his key

assets away from him and, as a result, he would like to see all

business wrapped up before the season begins.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s campaign opener which – by a twist of

fate – is against Chelsea, he said: “I don’t like it, I have

expressed many times that I don’t agree with the transfer window

going on while there are official games.

“I have always said that. I do feel there is a need for a

transfer window, it is beneficial, but I don’t think it helps when

it is open when you are playing official games.

“It happens everywhere, it gives you uncertainty and I don’t

think that helps the game. The players are footballers but they are

human beings.”

Moses is in Martinez’s squad for the Chelsea game, despite the

Spaniard knowing a performance akin to the ones he produced in the

second half of last season could be the arm-twister the London club

need to meet Whelan’s demands.

He has no qualms with picking the player, though, having told

him to be proud of Chelsea’s interest.

“For Victor, it’s been an exciting summer,” he said.

“I spoke with him and told him he should be very proud, as a

footballer at 21, to get the interest he has had. It’s something to

be happy and extremely proud about and is a football


“But, if you don’t meet a valuation, it becomes paper talk and

speculation. He is a young man and he knows what he did from

December to the end of the season was a great level of


“He can take it on to the next level and I am very excited to

have Victor at Wigan, and I hope we can keep him for many years to

come. Victor is fit and available for the squad and that’s what