Paul Cook has emphasised the importance of Kieffer Moore to Wigan’s survival fight ahead of tomorrow’s home game against Millwall.
The Lions were interested in the 27-year-old Wales international when Neil Harris was at the managerial helm.
And Harris, now in charge at Cardiff City, failed with a £2.3million bid in the January window.
Moore scored twice against the Bluebirds at the weekend to take his Championship haul for the campaign to five goals.
“Kieffer’s a big player for us – an athletic number nine,” said Latics manager Cook. “He’s scoring goals. And as you can see by his performance on Saturday, he’s not been distracted at all by the transfer talk.
“Maybe if he believes in himself a little bit more, there’s even more to come from him -but that’s for us to work on.
“For all players, confidence is key. But he’s got three goals for us in the last five matches, he’s leading the line for his country, so he shouldn’t be short on confidence.
“Cardiff came in for him, they never came back, and that’s football.”
Millwall forward Tom Bradshaw has been capped by Wales but is yet to win a recall to Ryan Giggs’ squad – despite scoring 10 goals in all competitions this season.
The 27-year-old’s last Championship goal came in the 3-1 victory over Luton on New Year’s Day