Wigan interested in the 'Danish Peter Crouch'

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Brondby striker is a target for Uwe Rosler as he attempts to guide Wigan Athletic back into the Premier League.

Danish international striker Simon Makienok is a target for Wigan Athletic, according to Brondby officials. Sporting Director Per Rud confirmed the interest following rumours of Wigan scouts watching the 6ft 7in striker over the weekend.

Following the match, in which Makienok failed to add to his eight league goals this season, Rud announced to Danish newspaper BT: "He is a skilled player who we would like to hold on to as long as we can. Conversely, there is also an understanding that if the right offer comes for both Simon and Brondby, then we will look at it.

Having rejected a loan offer from an unnamed Premier League club before the start of the season, it appears as if the Danish club are finally willing to listen to offers.

Crystal Palace showed interest over the January transfer window, and have stayed intent on getting their target, although Wigan's late interest could fuel a potential bidding war. Valued by transfermarkt.co.uk at £1.5 million, Wigan would be in the driving seat if promotion is achieved - with the 2013 playoff final guaranteeing £145 million to the victors, and the 2014 final likely to be even higher.

Although the large build of Makienok has caused confusion amongst Wigan fans, the comparisons to Peter Crouch are apropos his close control and finishing ability, rather than because of his height.

His goalscoring record, eight in 17 league games, is impressive, although he has failed to score in six appearances for Denmark, and rather than being used solely as a target man, he likes to drop deep and involve himself in the link up play between midfield and attack.

Although Makienok is likely to join Crystal Palace if Wigan fail to achieve promotion, his height and build are important traits for a Tony Pulis player. The Danish international must hope that Wigan do get promoted, because, at the age of 23, he would have plenty of time to improve as part of a cohesive, ball-playing team in the Premier League.

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