Wilson in as Tarkowski goes

Date published: 31 January 2014

ATHLETIC have made a transfer deadline day coup by snapping up 6ft 3in Welsh international centre-back James Wilson.

Cardiff-born Wilson (24) joins Athletic until the end of this season with an option to extend, having negotiated his release from rivals Bristol City.

Wilson began his Bristol career in 2006, and has since made 35 appearances for the Robins, scoring one League Cup goal.

He has taken in two separate loan spells at Brentford, while during the first half of this season he made four appearances for Cheltenham Town after a temporary move to Whaddon Road.

A former Wales under-21 international and under-19 skipper, Wilson made his senior bow last October when he was selected for the drawn World Cup qualifier in Belgium.

Meanwhile, Latics have confirmed that defender James Tarkowski has joined League One leaders Brentford for an undisclosed fee. Part of the deal involves Tarkowski returning to Boundary Park for a month once the loan window opens next week.