Wigan Athletic are stepping up their bid for Javi Marquez.

The Daily Mail says Wigan are hopeful of concluding a £5m deal for Espanyol playmaker Marquez.

Everton, Blackburn, Tottenham and Manchester City have all had scouts watching Espanyol's young stars this season but the 24-year-old believes he could settle in quicker under the tutelage of Roberto Martinez and will be given the platform to move on if he is a success.

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