Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce has held talks with Austrian international Paul Scharner, telling him he fully intended to play him not as a midfielder but in his more familiar role as a centre-half.

Bruce said: "I tried to sign Scharner when I was at Birmingham as a centre-back. That is his position, in my view, and players have got to do it my way.

"I watched him play there for his country and I also saw him in Bergen. I was disappointed when I missed out on him but, credit to Wigan, Dave Whelan came up with the cash and they nicked him."