Wigan Athletic are close to signing Everton defender Matthew Pennington on loan, according to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.

The Latics are hoping to get a number of transfer deals over the line before the window shuts. Pennington could be the first of a couple of new faces this week.

Premier League side Everton are keen on Pennington to go and get some more first-team experience in the Championship. The 23-year-old spent time on loan at Leeds United last season and played 24 games for them.

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Pennington joined Everton at the age of 11 and rose through the youth ranks at Goodison Park. He has gone onto play 9 games for their first-team in all competitions and has also gained experience of senior football during various loan spells away.

The centre-back has spent time on loan at Tranmere Rovers, Coventry City, Walsall and obviously Leeds but is now ready for his next loan stint with Wigan Athletic looking set to land him.

The Latics won the League One title in the last campaign and are hoping to stay in the Championship next season. Their manager, Paul Cook, has so far signed Leonardo Da Silva Lopes from Peterborough United, Kal Naismith from Portsmouth, Callum McManaman, Reece James from Chelsea and re-signed highly-rated goalkeeper Christian Walton on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.

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They are now looking to streghten their defence by landing Matthew Pennington on loan. He has a point to prove in the Championship and could turn out to be a shrewd signing by the Latics.

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