Transfer news: Former Wigan striker Franco Di Santo joins Werder Bremen
Former Wigan Athletic striker Franco Di Santo has signed for German side Werder Bremen.
By Tim Oscroft
Last Updated: 14/08/13 12:04pm
The 24-year-old Argentine, whose contract at Wigan expired following their relegation from the Premier League, has completed a three-year deal to join the Bundesliga outfit.
"We had been in the hunt for a robust striker with experience in a big league," Werder general manager Thomas Eichin told his club's official website.
"We are very confident that we have found a good solution in Franco Di Santo.
"He is experienced but still possesses enough potential for development in order to make a great leap forwards.
"He wants to make it to the 2014 World Cup with Argentina and we would be very happy if he gained the necessary attention playing in Bremen, for him to achieve that goal."
Di Santo made sporadic substitute appearances for Chelsea, and spent time on loan at Blackburn Rovers, before moving to Wigan in 2010.
He scored 13 times in nearly 100 appearances for Latics before his three-year contract at the DW Stadium came to an end in June 2013.
He admitted he is ready for the new challenge in Germany, saying: "Werder have a very good name and the Bundesliga is a very attractive league. I want to show what I am capable of here".
Chief executive Thomas Gauge is delighted to have secured the services of Di Santo until 2016, and he said in Bild: "We were looking for quality and we have found it."