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Andy Delort Wigan Athletic deal confirmed by Tours

1 September 2014

Tours have reached an agreement over the transfer of Andy Delort to Wigan Athletic, the French club have confirmed.

The 22-year-old striker, who scored 24 goals in 36 Ligue 2 games last season, was presented to Latics fans ahead of Saturday's win over Birmingham with the Sky Bet Championship side hopeful of ironing out the finer details on Monday.

And, despite issuing a statement on Saturday afternoon stressing a deal had not been reached, Tours have now confirmed Delort will follow former players such as Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny in moving to England.

"After long and painful months of discussions and negotiations with a dozen clubs in Europe, Wigan Athletic and Tours have reached an agreement today on the transfer of Andy Delort," said a statement on their official website.

"Above all, president Jean-Marc Ettori and the club would like to thank Andy for everything he has brought to the club last season.

"After Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny, Andy Delort goes to England where he is destined for a successful career in one of the best leagues in the world, and with a prestigious club.

"The transfer allows the club to see the future in a better light, and implement a sound and efficient management, absent for too long."

Delort has been highly coveted this summer with both Charlton and Leeds reportedly keen, and Tours gave an indication as to why his move to Wigan took so long to complete.

Their statement added: "One regret was that no French club could not present an acceptable offer for such a player.

"Andy and myself would have been happy to see him in Lens. But the economic situation of French clubs is such that survival is a permanent achievement."

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