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Dickov's persuasive powers

7 December 2012

Feel-good factor may tempt players to stay

Paul Dickov is hoping his persuasive powers will help extend the stays of Jose Baxter, Matt Derbyshire and Reece Wabara.

Latics' manager has been explaining that he wants all three players to remain at Boundary Park.

Dickov said: "People will think it is quiet, but a lot of work is going on behind the scenes in our attempts to keep all three players.

"They keep telling me how much they are enjoying it here. Good results will obviously help when it comes to persuading them to stay."

Derbyshire's loan from Nottingham Forest ends after the Swindon game tomorrow week while Baxter's short-term contract and Wabara's loan both end in January.

Dickov added that Latics drawing Forest in the FA Cup with Budweiser hasn't helped Derbyshire.

"Even if we manage to keep Matt, I cannot see Forest letting him play against us," he said.

Dickov added that preparations are underway for the reopening of the transfer window in January, not only about keeping players but also adding to the squad.

And with Latics finding life tough financially, Dickov says it is a case of persuading clubs to let Latics loan players free of charge or for very little money.

Dickov pointed out that loaning players can be mutually beneficial to the player and his parent club.

He said: "It can be a case of a player being put in the shop window and being able to progress their careers which we can help them to achieve," he continued.

Latics can provide players, especially young ones, with first-team opportunities which they would probably not be afforded at clubs in higher divisions.




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