Rotherham United are poised to announce the signing of a new defender, but look to have lost out in the battle for James Tavernier.
Rotherham-born ex-Middlesbrough right-back Frazer Richardson, aged 31, is expected to join on a two-year deal.
However, the wage demands of Tavernier, who starred on loan for the Millers last season, look to have ended hopes of a permanent deal.
Wigan are said to have agreed a fee with his parent club, Newcastle.
Meanwhile, manager Steve Evans believes new signing Ryan Hall will put his troubles behind him after signing for the Millers.
The 26-year-old ex-Leeds winger agreed a one-year deal on the same day former Sheffield Wednesday defender Richard Wood moved to New York Stadium.
Evans said: “Leeds was a great move for him but he went off the rails for a time. During our discussions we spoke about the mistakes he made and we believe that he has matured. He knows we won’t stand for any nonsense.”
Hall said: “Rotherham are a great club and really going places. It’s a new chapter in my life, I can’t wait for the new challenge.”