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Wigan Athletic seal prolonged Andy Delort deal

1 September 2014

Wigan Athletic have confirmed the signing of French striker Andy Delort from Tours, minutes after Adam Forshaw also completed his switch to the DW Stadium.

Delort, 22, who was the top scorer in Ligue 2 last season with 24 goals in 36 games, was presented to Latics fans ahead of Saturday's win over Birmingham.

Manager Uwe Rosler claims QPR, Lille, Wolves and Brentford - who Forshaw left on Monday - were also keen on the striker.

"Andy is such an exciting player," Rosler said on Wigan's official website.

"He lives to score and from the moment that Tony Coton first spotted him last season playing for Tours, there was a real desire to bring him to our club.

"We have managed to bring in a proven goal scorer at the right age for under £3million and that is a testament to our club but especially to the player, his family and his agent.

"Despite huge pressure from outside during these last few days, he has never wavered in his desire to join us.

"He looked at the club's track record of developing talent from abroad over the past 10 years or so and, after we discussed and met up, he identified us as the right choice for him to progress his career.

"We had an immediate connection from the start, he shook my hand and both him and his father Eric gave me their word they wanted to sign here. They are the sort of people I want to work with.

"I also need to pay tribute to his agent Roger Henrotay, who, despite higher offers from Wolves, Brentford, QPR and Lille, wanted to do what was in the best interest of his player.

"He is a player who wants to play in the English Premier League and he wants to do that here in Wigan so we are delighted to sign him."

The news that Rosler's former club Brentford were also keen on Delort will come as a further blow to the west London club, who had been angry with Latics' conduct in the transfer of Forshaw.

They believe the 2013 FA Cup winners had unsettled last season's Sky Bet League One Player of the Year before finally matching their valuation last week.

Earlier, Tours had released a statement through their chairman expressing disappointment that Delort would not be remaining in France.

"One regret was that no French club could present an acceptable offer for such a player," Jean-Marc Ettori said on his club's official website.

"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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