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Latics boss Roberto Martinez seals £2m deal to take Franco Di Santo to DW Stadium

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has agreed a deal to sign Chelsea striker Franco Di Santo in a deal worth up to £2million.

Martinez had originally set up a move to bring Di Santo to Latics on loan but moved the goalposts yesterday and now plans to take him in a full-time swoop.

The Wigan chief has been forced to go for the permanent option as he has signed Manchester United’s Tom Cleverley on a temporary basis for his final available loan slot.

Martinez tried to turn Bolton keeper Ali Al-Habsi’s loan into a full-time switch but Wanderers want £3m for him.

Martinez has also agreed a deal with free agent Mexico World Cup striker Guillermo Franco – as revealed by Hotline last week – but he has yet to sort out terms.

The frustrated Wigan boss said: “The restrictions from the Premier League do not help young players in this country.

“You can bring in as many foreign loans as you want but only two from here. It is unfair on the clubs and the talent coming through.â€

Meanwhile, SWANSEA manager Brendan Rodgers hopes his Chelsea links will pay off by landing ex-Blues striker Frank Nouble on loan.

The arrival of Victor Obinna at West Ham means the 18-year-old will be surplus to requirements


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He may be able to do a job there, and to be perfectly honest he doesn't look like he'll ever be anything close to operating at Chelsea standard.

Good luck to him if this deal goes through.

Agree. I wish him all the best, but I've bever been impressed with him.

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from all accounts he was very prolific before chelsea and in the reserve league, just a shame he could never make the step up at the bridge. Best of luck to him in the future, by the looks of this wigan team they are going to need all the help they can get.

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This can now be removed from rumors. All confirmed , fee undisclosed.

Unlike others i was never convinced he looked any good or showed any potential.

In fact, he never actually scored for us did he ? Only one at Blackburn too i think.

However much we got for him, id say its a good deal.

Best of luck to him anyway.

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Shame he left as I liked calling him the General, but thats pretty much the only reason. He really looked an exciting prospect, great first touch, quite quick, fairly strong, just seemed to be lacking in goal scoring. Pretty important to a striker that.

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I thought this was a loan...so yet again we sell a player for a fraction of what we payed...9 million pounds we payed,didnt play him much at all and then just get rid of him.

either way good luck to him,he was nothing special,just a waste of time really

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