Wigan Athletic will no longer benefit from the services of striker Victor Moses after Chelsea finally secured their target man yesterday.
The Latics had rejected several bids from the Champions League winners – leading owner Dave Whelan to accuses the Blues of ‘taking the mickey’ – but a fee of £9million has been agreed for the 21-year-old.
Roberto Martinez’s side were dogged in their weekend encounter with Chelsea to open their new season – eventually losing 2-0 – but will face Premier League new-boys Southampton without the Nigerian who has made 78 appearances for the club.
A Wigan spokesman said: “The club can confirm that after four unsuccessful bids from Chelsea for Victor Moses, a fifth bid has finally met the valuation and terms set by Wigan Athletic and been accepted.
“The player has been given permission to speak with Chelsea.”
Martinez will find out later today if midfielders Jean Beausejour, James McArthur and Shaun Maloney, who both had to be substituted during the defeat to Chelsea, will all be fit to face the Saints.