Owen Coyle has confirmed he’s spoken to Arsenal about taking Ju Young Park on loan at Wigan Athletic but admits the South Korean international’s salary could scupper negotiations.
The Scot, who has previously taken the likes of Jack Wilshere and Ryo Miyaichi on loan deals while manager of Bolton Wanderers, is eager to bolster his attacking options at the DW Stadium but despite being an admirer of Park thinks the Latics have to weigh up the financial outlay.
“We’ve spoken to Arsenal about Park, and the discussions regarding the footballing side went very well,” Coyle told the Evening Post this morning
“Jonathan Jackson [Wigan chief executive] was also having discussions with the financial people at Arsenal, but I think the package was just a little out of our reach at this moment in time.
“What people have got to understand is that, while we are looking to bring in very good players – which we have done – we will only play Championship salaries, albeit with incentives and bonuses to do well. The players we have brought in have all come within our budget, and that will continue to be the case.”
Revealing that Park is desperate to make a move before the 4 November loan deadline for Football League clubs, Coyle continued:
“We’d have loved to get Park in, of course we would, but we also have to understand the financial situation.
“It’s not closed by any means, dialogue will continue between Jonathan and Arsenal and we’ll see where it takes us.
“I’m led to believe that the lad himself is keen to come, because he wants to put himself in the shop window before the World Cup next summer.
“But it can only happen if there is a financial agreement, and that is what we are working on at the moment.”
A loan move certainly makes sense for Park who isn’t likely to get any first team minutes at the Emirates in the near future. Best of luck to him if he makes the trip North…he could even indulge in a little Europa League action.