Latics sign Di Santo from Blues

The 21-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Blackburn, was

initially linked with another temporary spell in Lancashire at the

DW Stadium. But Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has secured Di Santo

permanently after he underwent a medical on Tuesday afternoon to

join midfielder Tom Cleverley, who joined on loan from Manchester

United earlier in the day. “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 and his desire and commitment is exactly the right

attitude for our club,” said Martinez. Martinez added: “Franco is

an Under-20 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. “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. Di Santo, brought to England by

Chelsea in 2008, made 22 appearances for Blackburn last season but

scored just once. “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,” said the Argentinian.

“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.”