Wigan Athletic are ready to pounce for Manchester City striker Darius Vassell.

The Sun says City boss Sven Goran Eriksson offered the forward to Wigan as a makeweight in a bid to sign full-back Leighton Baines.

Latics boss Chris Hutchings was tempted, being keen to bring in a new forward after missing out on Marlon Harewood.

And he may still decide to pursue a separate deal for Vassell now Eriksson has cooled his interest in Baines in favour of Spaniard Javi Garrido.