Derby County and Nottingham Forest have been linked with moves for Wigan Athletic attacker Gavin Massey over the past few weeks, with his deal up at the end of the season.

Now, however, Massey has come out to say that now Wigan Athletic have secured their Championship status, he is looking to get a new deal sorted over the course of the next few weeks.

The attacker has been in strong form for Paul Cook’s side over the course of the season, with his performances catching the eyes of Derby and Forest, who have been looking at bringing Massey in on a free transfer.

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But, it seems he has his heart set on remaining with Wigan.

“Yeah, we are hoping to get something sorted,” Massey said to the Wigan Post.

“I know I’ve said this before but I do love being here at this club. I’ve built some good friendships up here, I live here now with my missus, and so it would be really ideal for me to stay here.

“Obviously with the situation at the club – and us not knowing if we were coming or going – it wasn’t straight-forward.

“But now we know our destination is the Championship, hopefully, that can get sorted over the next few weeks.”

Massey started his career with Premier League side Watford, signing a professional deal with the club in 2010 after progressing through the youth ranks at Vicarage Road. He was then sent on loan to Wealdstone, Yeovil Town and Colchester United – who he went on to join on a permanent basis in 2012.

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The winger enjoyed a successful four-year spell with Colchester, playing in 178 games in all competitions. He bagged 21 goals and provided 21 assists over the course of four seasons with the club. Massey went on to spend a season with Leyton Orient in League Two, before earning a move to Wigan Athletic upon Orient’s relegation.

Since moving to the DW Stadium, the former Watford youngster has played 69 games, picking up 11 goals and eight assists along the way. Wigan will be hoping that he can agree a new deal with the club to add to his current tally of appearances, goals and assists.

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