Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle still has hopes of signing unwanted Arsenal striker Park Chu-Young on loan, however the financial side of the deal is still placing any move in doubt.
The South Korea international has barely had a chance at Emirates, playing just eight minutes of Premier League football since his arrival from Monaco in 2011. Consequently his place with the national team has been placed in jeopardy and requires a move away from the EPL leaders as soon as possible.
His reported £45,000-a-week wages are the main stumbling block for the Championship side, so Arsenal will have to lower their demands in order to reach an agreement.
Coyle is seeking a way to bring in the striker to the DW Stadium, however he will not risk the clubs financial position by forking out for high wages.
He told the Evening Post:
We’ve spoken to Arsenal about Park, and the discussions regarding the footballing side went very well.
Jonathan (Jackson, 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 pay 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.
Park in turn is very eager to jump ship to gain regular first team action with one eye on next years Brazil World Cup. 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.
Ship him off, and quick. It’s a horrible situation for the forward who has barely featured for the Gunners over the two years he’s spent with the club. Last season’s loan to Celta Vigo did little to warrant his place in Arsenal’s first team setup this term, with his only appearance on the bench coming in the Gunners Capital One Cup win over West Bromwich Albion where he was an unused substitute.
Hopefully the loan deal goes through for the poor lad who never really had a chance to impress in north London. It is worth Arsenal subsidizing his salary to not only get him partially off the books for the season, but also give him a chance to play and impress so he can be sold next summer.