Wigan have agreed a deal to sign Ecuador World Cup star Luis Valencia.
As revealed by skysports.com earlier this week a Premiership club were closing in on the signing of Valencia and Wigan have won the race for his signature.
Valencia, who impressed during the World Cup with Ecuador, has agreed in principle to join Wigan on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent deal.
The 20-year-old spent the whole of last season on loan at Recreativo de Huelva and Villarreal have decided to loan him out again as he is well down the pecking order at El Madrigal.
Valencia came to Latics boss Paul Jewell's attention at the World Cup and he believes he will be a valuable addition to his squad for the new season.
"Antonio is something new for Wigan," Jewell told the club's official website
"As with most South Americans, he has skill in abundance and combines it with electric pace and a very high work rate.
"He has played in Europe for a season, and I'm convinced he has the attributes to make a success of The Premiership.
"He is something different and I feel he is going to bring an exciting new dimension to our squad."
Wigan are now set to apply for a work permit so that they can try and finalise the move for Valencia.