Jason Scotland was today waiting to hear if his attempts to secure a work permit to join Latics have been successful.
The Trinidad and Tobago international has passed his medical and agreed personal terms on a £1.5m transfer from Swansea.
But his existing work permit cannot be switched from club to club, and he is hoping his application for a new one has been successful.
Scotland's agent Mike Berry expects today's hearing will be nothing more than a formality, which would leave only international clearance standing between the 30-year-old and his 'dream move' to Wigan.
Latics are hoping the player's record – he has scored 53 goals in just two seasons in South Wales – will hold sway with the committee.
And the player himself is hoping to be allowed to follow Dwight Yorke and Kenwyne Jones from the small West Indian island into the Premier League.
"It's been a long road for me but I have finally worked my way up," Scotland told the Evening Post.
"I remember sitting at home watching Dwight Yorke play for Manchester United and, before that, Aston Villa.
"As a young player I always had ambitions to play abroad, but not many players achieve that dream.
"Kenwyne Jones, Stern John and Shaka Hislop have also played at the highest level, and I am looking forward to being one of the fortunate ones to do that as well."
Scotland, right, has already followed in the footsteps of his heroes by playing for the Soca Warriors – the Trinidad and Tobago national team.
And he is hoping that by securing a move to the Premier League, he too can be a role model to some of the younger players back home in the Caribbean.
He said "I would like to think I am an inspiration for young players in the national team to try to follow.
"I didn't start at the top – I started at the bottom – and I worked my way up through sheer hard work.
"I hope people can look at that as the right way to do it, and think that if they too work hard it could happen to them one day as well."
After proving his scoring prowess under Roberto Martinez at Swansea, Scotland was linked with a move to Wigan almost as soon as the Spaniard departed last month.
The speculation was fuelled when the striker was left out of Swansea's pre-season tour of Portugal earlier this month with a groin problem.
Thankfully the problem is not a serious one, and Scotland aims to be fighting fit and raring to go come the start of the season.
He added: "I have been doing my rehab, and I should be fully fit very soon."
If the hearing goes in Scotland's favour, he will follow in the footsteps of Hendry Thomas and Hugo Rodallega, who have both been granted work permits to join them this year.