Wigan Athletic win race for French striker Andy Delort from Tours FC.
- Andy Delort joins Wigan Athletic.
- 22-year-old French Striker scored 24 goals in 36 games last season.
- Latics beat teams including QPR, Wolves, Charlton, Lille and Brentford to sign Delort.
Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm the signing of the much sought after 22-year-old French striker Andy Delort from Tours FC.
After being presented to the DW Stadium prior to Saturday’s 4-0 victory over Birmingham City, the former France Under 20 international’s transfer was completed this morning, for an undisclosed fee.
Delort was the leading goal scorer in French Ligue 2 last season, with 24 goals in just 36 games and manager Uwe Rosler is delighted to have completed his signing in front of huge interest from the Premier League, Sky Bet Championship and also French Ligue 1 clubs.
“Andy is such an exciting player,” Rosler said. “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 between us 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 and Brentford, and just over the weekend QPR and Lille in France also came in for him, 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.”