Wigan have increased their offer for Real Mallorca’s Spanish defender Ivan Ramis. They are believed to be offering around €4.5million, near to the asking price of €5m, so it seems a deal may not be far away.
Although Everton, Sunderland, Aston Villa and Celtic have all been linked with the centre-half, Wigan are favourites to land the 27-year-old Spaniard.
Ramis has made over 200 appearances for Real Mallorca in La Liga. It is thought that Ramis would relish the opportunity to play in the English Premier League and link up with Wigan’s highly rated manager Roberto Martinez.
Sources close to the player told Sky Sports: “We are convinced he will end up at Wigan.”
Roberto Martinez is renowned for unearthing footballing gems for relatively small transfer fees. Recent examples have been James McArthur and James McArthur from Hamilton Academicals, Jean Beausejour from Birmingham City and Shaun Maloney from Celtic.
Wigan currently lack defensive strength in-depth and Ramis would be an ideal addition to the squad providing excellent defensive cover for Gary Caldwell, Antolin Alcaraz and Maynor Figueroa. If he is able to settle quickly into the demands of the EPL he could soon be challenging for a starting place in the line up.
Ramis can be seen in action for Real Mallorca below.