Wigan is close to completing the signing of West Ham target Ivan Ramis from Real Mallorca.
The 27-year-old defender had looked set for a move to
But the player has now passed his medical after being persuaded to move to the
Whelan said the move was down to the influence of manager
"The player doesn't speak English and didn't want to go to West Ham who had already agreed a deal.
"But Roberto asked me to go out to Mallorca where I met their chairman and with the club in receivership, they accepted my offer and then I went to see the player."
Although it is set to miss out on Ramis, West Ham has strengthened its defensive resources with the signing of Wales international
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