Deportivo La Coruña and Wigan Athletic negotiations stall for Oriol Riera

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Minor differences in valuation could scupper a deal between Deportivo La Coruña and Wigan Athletic, with Oriol Riera now considering other offers.

During the last week, it seemed Oriol Riera was close to clinching a permanent move to Deportivo La Coruña, following his loan spell during the 2014-15 season from Wigan Athletic, having agreed personal terms with the Spanish club.

However, according to La Voz de Galicia, there are small but significant differences of opinion between the two clubs, which could see the move collapse entirely, unless an agreement can be salvaged over the coming days.

The Latics paid £2 million for Riera when they signed him from Osasuna in the summer of 2014. It is towards that figure Wigan are hoping to recoup, if they're to sell, but Deportivo are reluctant to match that valuation, with an offer which is said to be only slightly less.

Last Thursday, it is reported that everything seemed to point towards an agreement being reached between the two clubs, although the following Friday the differences were significant enough they lead to a break in negotiations.

Meanwhile, the report suggest that although Riera was keen to stay with Deportivo, he has now instructed his representatives to consider other offers, but only from Spanish clubs.

La Liga rivals Granada are noted to have been interested recently, but they're unlikely to pay Wigan anywhere near their asking price. In addition, there are suggestions Real Betis could be prepared to make a move, following their promotion back to the Spanish top-flight.

Deportivo are hoping talks with Wigan can resume, with the Galician club keen to conclude business before July 2nd, by which time they're aiming to have the bulk of their squad for the 2015-16 campaign prepared, ahead of commencing pre-season.

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