Dickov argues Latics’ case

Date published: 07 December 2012

Athletic are preparing to bring in new players to strengthen the squad — while talks continue on keeping Jose Baxter, Matt Derbyshire and Reece Wabara at the club.

Manager Paul Dickov is trying to persuade clubs that it is in their interest to lend players for very little financial reward as he bids to extend the team’s good form.

Derbyshire heads back to parent club Nottingham Forest after the next two games, but Dickov is trying bring him back in the New Year.

Wabara’s loan deal expires in early January: Athletic will seek another extension from Manchester City.

And Baxter is a player Dickov would love to hang on to after his short-term contract ends on January 14.

“We have been making lots of ’phone calls about keeping those we have got, but maybe adding to it as well,” said Dickov, whose team plays at Colchester tomorrow.

“What we have to do is get the clubs and players to agree to giving them to us for not a lot of money — to put them in a shop window, or progress a career.

“I have sat Jose down a few times. He and Derbs have been the ones who have been telling me how much they have been enjoying it. There is a lot of work behind the scenes to keep both of them, and Reece Wabara, for longer.”