We take a step-by-step look at Latics’ latest addition Andy Delort's career to date.
- 24 goals in 36 games in 2013/14 for Tours FC
- Called up by Eric Cantona for 2009 Beach Soccer World Cup.
- Represented France at Under 20 level.
Born in Sète, Southern France on 9th October 1991 – a town twinned with Hartlepool in the north-east of England.
Began his career with his hometown club FC Sète 34 playing in the youth team between the ages of seven and 16.
A moved to AJ Ajaccio’s youth ranks came about in 2008 after Delort scored 30 goals at French U19 League level.
Delort impressed in the Corsican club’s youth team and attracted interest from both Borussia Dortmund and FC Bordeaux, though despite being offered contracts by both, he decided to progress his development in his homeland with Nimes Olympique – just an hour from his hometown of Sete.
Not only did Delort impress some of Europe’s elite, he also caught the eye of Eric Cantona who selected him for his Beach Soccer team at the 2009 World Cup.
In his debut campaign with Nimes, then 17-year-old Delort made just three substitute appearances, prompting a return to Ajaccio.
The 2010-11 season saw Delort feature more regularly at Ajaccio, though he started only nine of his 29 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals as L’ours won promotion to Ligue 1.
His breakthrough with Ajaccio also earned him a call up to the France U20 squad, making his only cap against the United States.
After making just four appearances at the start of the 2011-12 Ligue 1 campaign, Delort moved to Ligue 2 outfit Metz on a six-month loan deal.
Metz struggled during Delort’s loan spell and he made just seven starts, scoring once for Dominique Bijotat’s side.
On his return to Ajaccio, Delort made 18 first team appearances in the 2012-13 season, though he impressed in the reserves, scoring 12 goals in 16 appearances.
At the start of last season, Delort moved to Tours in Ligue 2, hoping to reignite his promising career.
Tours finished eighth in the French second tier, though Delort would star; winning the March Player of the Month award and leading the division’s scoring chart with 24 goals in 36 appearances.
He scored a hat-trick on the final day of the 2013/14 season as Tours defeated Clermont 3-0 at Stade de la Vallée.