Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is confident that Roberto Martinez will be confirmed as the club’s new manager within the next 24 hours.
Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins granted Wigan’s request to speak to their manager once a settlement package, believed to be in the region of £2million was agreed.
Whelan told Sky Sports News: “I think it will be a done deal, definitely, by this time tomorrow. It’s just a case of Roberto meeting our chief executive and getting the deal signed off.
“We’ve now been given permission by Swansea to speak to Roberto, our chief executive Brenda Spencer is talking to him this afternoon and hopefully the deal will all be concluded by tomorrow morning.
“I think the chairman at Swansea has realised that football is a cruel game. Sometimes you don’t want to lose a manager – I didn’t want to lose Steve Bruce but things move on.
“I am delighted, and I know the whole of Wigan will be excited to think we are getting one of the ‘Three Amigos’ back again.
“I’ve watched his career and he produces players on the park who play football from back to front. I like what I’ve seen and I’m really excited we’ve got Roberto back to Wigan.
“He understands the Spanish league fantastically well, and I suspect he will be bringing one or two Spanish lads back in to Wigan.
“We have some money that is required to replace players and Roberto will be given the funds to replace the players that we need.”
Whelan also expects Martinez to bring in a number of his own backroom staff from Wigan after Bruce was joined at Sunderland by Eric Black, Nigel Spink and Keith Bertschin.
He added: “The priority at Wigan is always the same, you’ve got to stay in the Premier League. We, along with 10 or 11 other teams, our number one priority is to stay in the league and that is exactly what I will tell Roberto.
“Steve has taken quite a lot of our staff with him, which they always do, we understand that.
“I expect Roberto will be bringing two, three or four of his staff with him, but that will all be agreed by tomorrow evening.”