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By ESPN Staff

Jewell hoping to bolster Wigan with Diop signing

Wigan boss Paul Jewell is hoping to unveil Papa Bouba Diop as his club's latest signing within the next 24 hours.

Jewell has suffered continual frustration in the past three weeks in his attempts to strengthen the squad and arrest the frightening slide currently being endured by the Latics.

All that remains is for Fulham midfielder Diop to agree on a move north as Jewell said: 'We have made an offer for a player that has been accepted by his club.

'We are now waiting for that player to say yes or no. Hopefully that will be as early as today.'

If Diop signs it could prove the catalyst Jewell has been seeking as he has seen many deals fall by the wayside since the transfer window opened.

'If there is a team that has tried to get more players, made more phone calls, had more meetings and been let down more than we have then I would like to know who they are,' remarked Jewell.

'The last three weeks have been unbelievable because we have got close to getting players in on so many occasions, only for them to fall through for differing reasons.'

The frustration has been made more acute as the club have lurched from one defeat to another.

Yesterday's latest loss, 2-0 at home to Everton, equalled a club record seven successive league defeats first set at the end of the 1992-93 season when Wigan were relegated into what is now League Two.