Wigan Athletic defender Jack Whatmough has attracted the interest of several EFL Championship sides this summer, ahead of a possible free transfer, according to journalist Mike McGrath.
Due to a period of uncertainty, surrounding the League One sides players and their futures, it has attracted several EFL sides to monitor the ongoing situation. This is something that has followed suit with Whatmough, as well as the likes of Tom Naylor and Anthony Scully.
Who is Jack Whatmough?
The 26-year-old is a product of the Portsmouth academy, making his debut for the club, back in 2013. He also had a short loan stint with National League South side Havant & Waterlooville, during the 2015/16 campaign.
Whatmough remained as a first-team regular at Fratton Park until July 2021, when he joined Wigan Athletic on a free transfer. With the club, he won the League One title and has currently made 89 appearances, scoring four goals and assisting a further three.
League One awaits…
During the 2022/23 season, Wigan Athletic suffered a series of off-the-field issues, which led to points deductions, unpaid wages and ultimately contributed to their relegation from the Championship last season.
The club finished bottom of the Championship table and made an immediate return to League One. The club won just 10 of their 46 games, as well as suffering a points deduction, which will also affect their 2023/24 season.
What’s been said?
According to journalist Mike McGrath, there are as many as four named clubs, interested in the defenders signature, but ‘others’ are keen.
His full social media post states…
‘Wigan centre-back Jack Whatmough could spark a scramble in the Championship on a free transfer. He can choose to leave his club after the non-payment of wages last season. QPR, Bristol City, Preston, Coventry and others have scouted him.’
Personally, I think this would be a major blow for Wigan Athletic, especially considering the crucial role that he has played over the last two seasons.
However, the unpaid wages issue was always going to present an uphill battle for the League One side and I cannot see the player turning down an opportunity to stay in the Championship, if one side was to make an offer.