Arsenal loanee Omar Rekik is swapping Sparta Rotterdam for Wigan Athletic for the second half of the season, according to reports.
Bart Kruijt of Voetbal International reported on Monday that Omar Rekik has been recalled from Sparta Rotterdam early, with the intention of immediately loaning him back out.
Chris Wheatley reports that Rekik is signing for Wigan Athletic until the end of the season, joining fellow loanee Miguel Azeez at the Championship club.
Rekik’s recall is one of the least surprising of the January window. The 21-year-old has only played 27 minutes for Sparta Rotterdam’s first team, despite being fit to feature in the squad for 16 matches.
The question was seemingly only whether Arsenal could find him the right alternative before the deadline, and it looks like Wigan could be that club.
Having recently sacked former Arsenal player Kolo Toure as manager, as well as ex-Arsenal academy coach Kevin Betsy, Wigan are in desperate need of help right now.
The team sit bottom of the Championship, with the only saving grace that they’re just four points away from Cardiff in 21st, the nearest club outside of the relegation zone.
Wigan will now hope that the additions of a couple of Arsenal youngsters in Azeez and Rekik can help to inspire the team to put some results together and avoid the drop.
With easily the worst defensive record in their division, Wigan should be open to giving centre-back Rekik a shot in their side.
Then it’s down to the Tunisia international himself to put in the performances to keep his spot.