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In what was a surprising rumor, to say the least, Chelsea set their sights on Wigan striker Victor Moses. It comes as a shock considering the depth the Blues already have up front, and because bringing in another forward will only stunt the growth of players they already have.
With that said, it looks like it will be tough to bring in Moses anyway, as Wigan chief Dave Whelan has been adamant that Moses is not going anywhere:
It cannot be for the player's good. Victor Moses needs another year or two before moving to a club like Chelsea. He needs games and he won't be first choice at Chelsea, I wouldn't have thought.
We don't need to sell him with 12 months to go on his contract because he is under 24 so wouldn't be going on a free transfer. Ideally we would like him to sign a new contract, or a club like Chelsea would have to be realistic.
Today, he furthered the appeal to Moses to stay by trying to imply a sense of guilt and basing the rumors on manipulative agents:
We took this lad as a teenager, and everything he has he owes to Roberto Martinez and Wigan Athletic, Whelan told the Wigan Evening Post. 'Roberto has coached him and coached him, he's helped him through games, and he's played him and not played him at exactly the right time.
But these lads are being told one thing now, time and time again: listen to your agent, not the manager.
The agents are just coining in money off the backs of these lads.
If Chelsea really want to go after Moses it will be a tough fight against a stalwart and outspoken 75-year-old.