According to Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan, Chelsea have made a third offer for Wigan winger Victor Moses, and were turned down once more as the Latics try to convince Moses to stay at the DW Stadium.
Moses is in the final 12 months of his contract with Wigan, and the promising 21-year-old has been linked with a summer move to a number of other Premier League clubs. Chelsea looks like the team most determined to swoop the Nigerian international, and initially offered Wigan £3.5million for the player. This offer, and the next, were quickly turned down, and it is believed that the lastest offer was in the £5million range.
However, Whelan will not be selling Moses unless he receives a truly good offer. Although he will be willing to listen to other offers, he still retains hope that he and manager Roberto Martinez will succeed in persuading Moses in committing his future to the club.
"They've made three bids and we've not accepted any," Whelan said. "We're still hoping that he signs an extended deal. They've all come in the last three weeks, but they've not offered enough.
"I don't know if they'll bid again, but if they do we always listen. And if it is what Roberto believes he is worth then we will take it from there. If the lad had any brains he'd stay under Roberto for another year or so."
Wigan will start their new Premier League campaign against Chelsea, at the DW Stadium.