Wigan Athletic are still interested in signing Hearts defender John Souttar, according to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.

The Latics are keen to further bolster their defence and have until the end of August to bring someone in. Loan deals with a view to permanent transfers in January can still be done.

John Souttar, who is a Scotland Under-21 international, has been linked with Wigan throughout the transfer window. They could now try and get their man over the coming week or so.

He started his career at Dundee United and went onto play 73 games for their first-team as a youngster. He was snapped up by Hearts in February 2016 and has impressed for them ever since.

Despite still being just 21, Souttar has played 159 games in all competitions so far in his career and is being tipped for a big future in the game.

A move to England could be on the horizon for the defender with Wigan Athletic looking to pounce. Their manager, Paul Cook, has been a busy man this summer as he has looked to bolster his League One title winning side ahead of this season in the Championship.

The Latics delved into the transfer market to sign the likes of Cedric Kipre, Kal Naismith, Callum McManaman, Antonee Robinson, Reece James, Lee Evans, Callum Connolly, Josh Windass, Leonardo Lopes and Joe Garner.

They now want another defender to seal off their transfer business and John Souttar is high on their list.

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