According to Alan Nixon of The Daily Mirror, Arsenal starlet Ryo Miyaichi is close to sealing a season-long loan deal with Wigan Athletic.

Roberto Martinez has so far staved off relegation with his Lancashire side but knows he needs reinforcements aplenty this summer to compete next season.

Cheap, fits the profile

Miyaichi is an ideal recruitment for Martinez. He's young, enthusiastic, hard-working on the field and shows great thirst for learning his trade.

On loan at Bolton Wanderers last season under Owen Coyle, he very much represented the sole bright spark in a disappointing season.

He's technically very good and versatile too, meaning Martinez will be comfortable throwing him into a number of a different situations.

No room at the Arsenal inn

Despite Miyaichi's obvious talent and sky-high potential, there's no room for him at Arsenal right now.

With Lukas Podolski in, Santi Cazorla on the way and Gervinho and Theo Walcott already on the books, the wings look stacked with talent.

Best to allow the Japanese superstar more time to adapt to the rigours of the English Premier League than sit on the bench kicking his heels.

Lucrative opportunity

When a Premier League club signs an Asian star, shirt sales boost and the coffers receive a welcome injection of cash - but only if you actually play them.

Any revenue Arsene Wenger was hoping to make off Park Chu-Young will have failed to trickle through just yet considering he's barely played, so keeping Miyaichi playing raises his profile and allows his name to travel.