Haestad happy with Wigan choice
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kristofer Haestad is satisfied with his decision to join Wigan Athletic.
Kristofer Haestad is satisfied with his decision to join Wigan Athletic, after revealing Morten Gamst Pedersen tried to persuade him to sign for Blackburn Rovers.
The Norway international has linked up with Wigan on a six-month loan deal from IK Start, with the option of a permanent arrangement.
Galatasaray had also been interested in the midfielder, but Haestad revealed the Premiership was where he wanted to go.
"I have been watching the Premiership since I was a little kid," Haestad told Sky Sports News.
"It's big for me to come down here and finally get the chance to play.
"Wigan were the first club that gave me the opportunity and they were the first club after me, so I didn't really have to think that much about it.
"I'm satisfied with my choice and I look forward to playing for Wigan for the next six months."
Haestad, though, admitted his fellow Norwegian, Pedersen, made a late attempt to talk him into a switch to Blackburn.
He added: "I got a call from him (Pedersen) as I was sitting at The JJB Stadium and just about to sign the contract.
"He said 'don't sign, don't sign', but I'm happy with my choice and he thinks it's fun I'm getting the opportunity to play in the Premiership."