Latics sign Spanish frontman
Wigan Athletic are delighted to announce that striker Oriol Riera has signed for the club for an undisclosed fee from Spanish side Osasuna, subject to international clearance.
The 27-year-old, who turns 28 on Thursday, underwent a medical at the DW Stadium over the weekend and has now put pen to paper on a three-year deal until the summer of 2017.
Riera is a proven marksman at La Liga level in Spain, where he began his career in the same Barcelona B squad as Jordi Gomez.
Uwe Rosler is thrilled to have netted his man, commenting on Riera’s arrival, he said: “He netted the majority of the goals for Osasuna last season and shone out in a difficult season for the club.
“I think our fans will like him; he is very direct and physical, good in the air, a real worker, but also has an eye for goal, scoring the majority of his goals inside the box – he has attracted the attention of many clubs and we are delighted he has agreed to join us.
“He is in the prime of his career and is physically and mentally ready to take the challenge of coming to England. He is definitely the type of player we have been missing in our squad.
“It was a complicated transfer and the chairman played a crucial role in getting the deal over the line. He is a proven goalscorer and we have got him at the right price and within our current wage structure in the Championship.”
Riera, who notched 13 goals in 37 league appearances last season, including a double in a 2-2 home draw with UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid, says he is delighted to make the move to the DW Stadium.
"I am really pleased to become a Wigan Athletic player," he said. "My friend Jordi Gomez spoke really highly of everyone here and that makes me excited to get started."