Since taking over as sporting director Michael Edwards has shown that he has a keen eye for a bargain. The wheeler dealer has squeezed buying clubs for every penny and has brought in some of the Reds’ top talents on cut price deals. Edwards could be in for a field day with Wigan Athletic in administration – Liverpool could sign Joe Gelhardt for a bargain.

Liverpool could secure a bargain deal for Joe Gelhardt with Wigan in financial turmoil.

Liverpool could secure a bargain deal for Joe Gelhardt with Wigan in financial turmoil. (Photo By Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Wigan meltdown

Earlier this month Wigan Athletic were placed into administration after their rogue and mysterious owner stopped funding the club.

Whilst fans thought that avoiding relegation would be a success for the season they are now faced with an anxious wait to learn the fate of the club as they battle to remain in existence.

The financial meltdown has triggered a scramble for financial stability at the club and this will likely trigger player sales as administrators seek to raise funds.

The crown jewel

Liverpool have previously been linked with Wigan’s teenage prodigy Joe Gelhardt. Goal reported last year that the Reds were interested in the youngster and links have persisted ever since.

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The 18-year-old has started twice for the Tics this campaign, making 15 appearances from the bench, scoring once.

The teenager is highly rated and is thought to be wanted by a host of Premier League clubs. Although Wigan had previously stated that they intended on keeping ahold of their crown jewel they may be forced into a sale by their financial peril.

An Edwards special

Michael Edwards identifies value and acts swiftly to secure it. In previous seasons we have seen him bag Andy Robertson for a measly £8m and Fabinho for just £39m.

Liverpool signing Joe Gelhardt would make sense in these circumstances. The Reds’ sporting director will be able to negotiate keenly with the administrators in charge of steadying the ship at the DW Stadium, securing a fairer price for Gelhardt than would have been possible if Wigan weren’t in such a desperate position.

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