Wigan Athletic are closing in on the signing of Derby County defender Jake Buxton, sources have told TEAMtalk.com.
Buxton found himself down the pecking order at the iPro Stadium last season, making just three appearances in the Championship, all as a substitute.
New Derby boss Nigel Pearson is reluctant to lose Buxton, but is prepared to let him move on in search of regular first-team football.
Buxton has established himself as a key man in the Derby side, making over 150 appearances for the Rams since joining the club from Burton Albion in the summer of 2009.
Wigan boss Gary Caldwell is keen to add to his squad before the start of the season and he sees Buxton’s experience as vital to his side as they prepare for life back in the Championship.