Latics land Di Santo
Argentine striker arrives at the DW Stadium
Last Updated: August 31, 2010 6:23pm
Di Santo: Impressed by Martinez
Wigan Athletic have completed the signing of Franco Di Santo from Premier League rivals Chelsea.
Sky Sports News reported on Monday that the Latics were keen on the Argentine striker and they have now wrapped up a deal.
Di Santo, who spent last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers, moves to the DW Stadium for an undisclosed fee and has penned a three-year contract.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is delighted to have got the 20-year-old on board as he admits he is player he has been chasing for some time.
"Franco is an U20 international for Argentina with great Premier League experience having worked at a club with the calibre of players of Chelsea, and also spending a hugely beneficial year on loan at an established club like Blackburn " he told the club's official website.
"We all feel that Franco can fulfil his potential at our football club and he'll bring a completely different dimension to our squad with his presence, technical ability and hard-work.
"We've been following Franco for a long time and from his point of view it's clear that he is desperate to play for Wigan Athletic and his desire and commitment is exactly the right attitude for our club."
Di Santo added: "I am just happy that my future has been sorted out now. I can't wait to start training, meet all my new team-mates and start fighting for my place in the team.
"Roberto Martinez has big ambitions for the club and he made it clear how much he wanted me to be here. When a manager is so positive about you, then it is an easy decision to make."