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Martinez targeting 'big' loan signings

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has revealed he is hopeful of bringing some 'big loan signings' to the club.

Martinez is seeking to bolster his Wigan squad after only guarenteeing Premier League football for the 2011-12 campaign on the final day of last term.

Bolton goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi, who impressed during a season-long loan, is expected to be tied down on a permanent deal this summer, while Manchester United's Tom Cleverley could be brought back to the DW Stadium for a second temporary spell.

"The big loan signings, the players we're looking at bringing in, we've been following them for the past six months really," Martinez told the Evening Post.

"With the big players who will make a difference, you need to be working well in advance - and we have been doing just that. We have a clear idea of who we want next season's loans to be.

"The only limitation we have is that we only have two loans from the Premier League, and we have to be spot on with those. Anyone can spot a good player, but whether they are good characters as well - and right for your football club - is much harder."

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