The 29-year-old shot stopper looks to be coming to the end of his time at the DW Stadium, having fallen behind Ali Al Habsi and Mike Pollitt in Roberto Martinez’s pecking order.
Having spent a couple of months out on loan at Leicester earlier in the season reports indicate Leicester would be keen to have him back on a permanent basis.
Wigan are thought to be ready to allow Kirkland to leave for nothing, paving the way for him to complete a move to his hometown club.
Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo took the opportunity to slam his critics as he is named best Portuguese player of 2017 on Monday.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk reckons that he can do even better despite an immediate upturn in the defensive form of Jurgen Klopp's side since his arrival.