Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has started his deadline-day shopping early with the capture of pacy Spanish winger Albert Crusat on a two-year deal.
The 29-year-old has signed for the DW Stadium club from Spanish side Almeria for an undisclosed fee and has the option of extending his stay for a third year.
Martinez is delighted at finally securing his fellow Spaniard’s services, claiming the Barcelona-born man’s abilities should make him an instant hero.
He said: “Albert is someone we have been trailing for a long time and it is fantastic news that we have managed to get him.
“He will add something completely new to the squad, he has electric speed, really quick feet and has played over 150 games in La Liga.
“I think our fans will take to him because he is a really exciting player, who can bring a crowd to their feet.”
Crusat began his career at Espanyol, progressing through the Catalan club’s ranks but made his name at Almeria.
He was part of their first ever promotion to Spain’s top-tier in 2007 and has represented his nation at every level up to Under-18.
The former Lleida man says he cannot wait to get started and begin repaying new manager Martinez’s faith in him.
Crusat said: “It has been a crazy few days but I am really looking forward to the challenge of playing in the English league now that everything has been done.
“Roberto Martinez has shown great faith in me and I am determined to prove him right. I can’t wait to meet my new team mates and get started.”
Meanwhile, Wigan owner Dave Whelan has confirmed that he expects the club to complete a move for Shaun Maloney from Celtic before the window shuts.
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