Wigan Athletic may be forced to look elsewhere for a replacement for Charles N'Zogbia.

Roberto Martinez is facing defeat in his ambitious bid for Almeria's Argentinian winger Pablo Piatti - with Udinese and Benfica now in talks for the little star.

Tiny wide man Piatti is wanted by Latics chief Martinez who hopes to pull off a major coup, but now Spanish side Almeria are close to agreeing prices with the Italian and Portuguese sides.

Udinese want Piatti as replacement for Alexis Sanchez while Benfica have money to spend from the imminent sale of Fabio Coentrao. Both are discussing £7million swoops.

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