WIGAN star Scott Smith is a loan target for Rochdale.
Dale wants the 21-year-old midfielder for the season despite suffering a lengthy shoulder injury last year.
The Latics take note and a loan could suit both clubs.
Smith had his contract at Wigan extended for a year last month.
The midfielder made his debut for his hometown side last season, in the Carabao Cup first round win at Hull City.
He also made his home debut at DW Stadium in the second round win over Bolton.
Smith may not be the only player to walk out the door at Wigan.
Will Keane is at the center of a three-way transfer battle between Championship clubs Watford, QPR and Sheffield United.
The Wigan striker was League One’s top scorer with 26 goals last season as the Latics returned to second tier in English football as champions.
Keane, who is valued at £1million and has one year left on his contract, has also attracted interest from Belgian side Club Brugge.
The striker is the brother of Everton defender Michael Keane.
And like his brother Michael, Will started his career at Manchester United, where he made three appearances.