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Jose Baxter on trial

10 September 2012

Latics look at former Everton wonderkid

Former Everton player Jose Baxter is on trial with Latics.

The 20-year-old striker is a free agent having in the summer rejected the offer of a new two-year contract with the Toffees.

Baxter had spent one month on trial pre-season with Crystal Palace playing in five friendlies.

Latics' manager Paul Dickov said: "Jose came in last week and we are looking at him and he at us.

"There is no doubt about his ability, but he has been unfortunate.

"Everton offered Baxter a new contract and the only reason he turned it down was because he wanted to play regular football.

"He went to Crystal Palace and did well pre-season and was offered a contract but, for some reason, it didn't happen."

Bootle-born Baxter had been at Everton from the age of six and became their youngest first-team player at the age of 16 years and 191 days in 2009 beating the record previously held by James Vaughan.

Baxter made 15 first-team appearances for Everton and 14 on loan last season at Tranmere Rovers for whom he scored three goals, including one against Latics.

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