understands Wigan are lining up a move for Ivory Coast defender Steve Gohouri.

Latics boss Steve Bruce is keen to bolster his squad before the close of the transfer window and has made defensive reinforcements his top priority.

Bruce believes the French-born defender has all the attributes to be a success in England as he is a strong, powerful defender who would be able to cope with the demands of playing in the Premier League.

Gohouri currently plays for Borussia Monchengladbach in Germany and he is believed to be interested in a move to England.

Gohouri is away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations and he featured in the win against Nigeria.