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Wabara's long been on Latics' radar

16 September 2012

Manager tried to sign defender 18 months ago

If you don't succeed at first, try, try and try again!

That's what happened with Latics' loan transfer of Manchester City defender Reece Wabara.

Paul Dickov has revealed that he first tried to sign Wabara (pictured) 18 months ago.

Latics' manager also believes Wabara, an England under-20 international, will be a hugely influential player at Boundary Park.

He explained: "As Connor Brown is suspended, we are light in that area.

"We went down to Portsmouth, we felt we got the best out of Cliff Byrne being a centre half.

"We also get the best out of Lee Croft with an attacking full back behind him, somebody with pace.

"And as we saw against Notts County, the pair worked well together down the right."

Dickov described Wabara, who has made one first-team appearance for Manchester City, as a very good footballer.

As to his attributes, Latics' manager said: "I think you saw against Notts County that not many players are going to outrun him.

"He is quick, good in the air, an athlete and wants to play football."

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