HITC Sport understands Wigan are eyeing a summer move for Yeovil defender Tom James.

Wigan Athletic are planning a move for highly-rated Yeovil defender Tom James at the end of the season after missing out on him during the January transfer window, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Championship side Wigan tried to sign James during last month’s transfer window, but Yeovil managed to hold onto the talented defender.

A number of clubs have shown an interest in James during the last year, but Wigan are keen to be at the head of the queue for the full-back when the transfer window reopens in the summer.

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James still has 18 months to run on his current deal at Yeovil, but the League Two strugglers are keen to offer him a new deal to tie down their prize asset.

James is regarded as one of the best young players in the Football League after impressing at Yeovil since his arrival from Cardiff in January 2017.

The 22-year-old came close to joining West Bromwich Albion last summer only for the move to fall through at the eleventh hour and James remained at Yeovil.

The Wales Under-21 international has scored six goals in 28 appearances in all competitions to make himself Yeovil’s second top scorer and the right-back is earning himself a reputation as a free-kick specialist.

James, who can play anywhere across the back four, has played in central defensive midfield in recent weeks and his versatility makes him an attractive proposition to Wigan and many other Championship clubs.

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