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Wigan are set to appoint Roberto Martinez as their new manager after being given permission to speak to the Swansea boss.

The Latics have now agreed a compensation package with the Liberty Stadium outfit and Martinez will hold talks to discuss personal terms.

Former Wigan favourite Martinez, one of the club's famed 'Three Amigos', has impressed hugely during his time at the helm of the Swans.

Latics chairman Dave Whelan confirmed on Wednesday that the Spaniard was his top target to replace Steve Bruce, who quit the club to take charge at Sunderland.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins had previously stated that the two clubs were some distance apart on a compensation deal, but with an agreement now reached Martinez is on course to take over the Premier League club.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Wigan Athletic Football Club can announce that it has been given permission by Swansea City Football Club to speak to their manager Roberto Martinez about the vacant manager's position.

"A compensation deal has also been agreed, and now Wigan Athletic's chief executive Brenda Spencer will meet with Roberto as soon as possible to try and agree a deal to bring him to the club.

"As chairman Dave Whelan stated yesterday, Roberto is our number one choice and we are delighted to have permission to speak with him."

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Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has confirmed to Sky Sports News that Roberto Martinez will be the Premier League club's new manager.

An official announcement on Martinez's appointment is expected to be made in the next 24 hours, but Whelan has exclusively revealed that the deal is done.

The Spaniard, who has agreed a three-year contract, emerged as Wigan's top target soon after Steve Bruce left the Latics to take charge of Sunderland.

Swansea were initially reluctant to allow Martinez to speak to Wigan, but Liberty Stadium chairman Huw Jenkins relented once a reported £2million compensation package had been agreed.

Martinez, who spent six years as a player with Wigan and is fondly remembered by the club's fans as one of the 'Three Amigos', is one of the most highly-rated young managers in the game.

Whelan will hold further discussions with his new manager on Wednesday when they will set a budget for adding to the squad over the summer.

He told Sky Sports News: "I'm very excited about securing the services of Roberto Martinez. I hold him in the highest regard.

"On Wednesday we will meet to discuss, amongst other things, funding for players."

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