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By ESPN Staff

Chimbonda set for Wigan showdown talks

Pascal Chimbonda is set for showdown talks with Wigan manager Paul Jewell next week as he remains desperate to quit the JJB Stadium.

Chimbonda is due to return to pre-season training on Monday after spending the last few weeks on holiday following his stint on World Cup duty with France.

But it could prove a heated affair as Chimbonda has no intention of negotiating a further improved contract with the Latics as they bid to keep hold of the right back.

Since handing in a transfer request minutes after the final game of last season at Arsenal, and having a £6million price tag slapped on his head, Spurs and West Ham have both shown an interest.

However, both clubs fell short of the fee being demanded by Wigan, with Tottenham bidding £3million and the Hammers £4million.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is refusing to budge from the asking price and has warned Chimbonda he will rot in the reserves if he refuses to play for the first team.

Chimbonda's agent, Willie McKay, insists his player still wants to move to a big club, yet his stance could result in the 27-year-old being pushed out of the picture altogether.

'I spoke to Pascal last night and he still wants to move on to a bigger club,' McKay told Sky Sports. 'I have also spoken to Paul Jewell and he told me he is keen to keep Pascal and is ready to offer him a lucrative new contract to try and keep him.

'I have informed Pascal of Wigan's contract offer, but he feels at this stage of his career it is not about new improved contracts. He just wants to play for a big club. It is purely a footballing matter that he wants to leave.

'Pascal arrives back in Wigan this Sunday and we are planning to hold talks with Paul Jewell first thing on Monday to try and resolve the matter.'