Wigan target Bournemouth's O'Kane

Bournemouth's Eunan O'Kane in action with Everton's James McCarthy

Bournemouth midfielder Eunan O'Kane has emerged as a target for Wigan Athletic, HITC Sport understands.

Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta in action with Bournemouth's Eunan O'KaneManchester City's Pablo Zabaleta in action with Bournemouth's Eunan O'Kane

Wigan have identified Republic of Ireland international O'Kane as their top target to replace Cardiff City target Emyr Huws.

Bournemouth are understood to be willing to listen to offers for O'Kane this summer with the midfielder entering the final year of his contract at Dean Court.

Bournemouth's Eunan O'Kane in action with Everton's James McCarthyBournemouth's Eunan O'Kane in action with Everton's James McCarthy

O'Kane, who has been at Bournemouth since 2012, struggled to hold down a regular place in Eddie Howe's side last season, making only six starts in the Premier League this season with most of his other appearances either coming off the bench or in cup competitions.

The 25-year-old is understood to be open to the idea of a move away from Bournemouth as he is keen to be playing on a regular basis at this stage of his career.

A number of clubs including Aston Villa and Old Firm duo Celtic and Rangers have been linked with the defensive midfielder, but Wigan are hoping to steal a march on their rivals by luring him to the DW Stadium.

Wigan Athletic manager Gary CaldwellWigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell

Wigan boss Gary Caldwell is thought to be a fan of O'Kane and sees him as playing a key role for his side in the Championship this season.

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