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Wigan midfielder Kapo set to return to France

January 4, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Wigan midfielder Olivier Kapo has announced that he is set to leave the club to return to France in the next few days - and revealed that Portsmouth had shown interest in signing him.

Oliver Kapo
GettyImagesOlivier Kapo looks set to leave Wigan during the transfer window

Kapo, 29, spent his early days at Auxerre before joining in Juventus in 2004 but, after loan spells at Monaco and Levante, Steve Bruce signed him for Birmingham in 2007.

Kapo followed Bruce to Wigan in 2008, but he has struggled to make an impact at the DW Stadium and, with Boulogne known to be interested, he is set to secure a loan deal at a Ligue 1 side in the near future.

"For the moment, I'm relaxing at my home in England," he told France Football. "But I will leave Wigan - it is certain.

"My lawyer came to Wigan and spoke with those in charge at the club. Everything went well. My departure will happen in a matter of days. It will be a loan at first and then a transfer. Nothing is final yet, but I will be joining a French club."

Asked if that club will be Boulogne, he said: "Boulogne are one of the clubs that have contacted Wigan. Contrary to what I have read, I have never said I would not be interested - I simply said that the two clubs were talking and we would see what happened.

"Since last summer, I have said that I want to return to France - not snubbed a club that is interested in me. I am open to their interest. Nothing is finalised, but what is certain is that my departure from Wigan is immiment."

Atalanta, Olympiakos and Genoa were all rumoured to be interested, but Kapo says he has not heard anything concrete from any of those sides.

"I am not aware of anything," he said. "Portsmouth mentioned something but they have money problems. They have to sell if they want me to join."

Kapo also revealed Auxerre were eager to sign him during the summer but claims Wigan rejected the offer.