Di Santo welcomes Latics switch
Wigan's new striker Franco Di Santo admits limited opportunities at Chelsea forced him to leave Stamford Bridge in the search for regular football.
The 21-year-old's three-year contract with the Latics was completed minutes before the deadline closed on Tuesday. Di Santo arrived in England from Chilean side Audax Italiano in 2008 for £3million but made just 16 appearances for Chelsea - and never started a game.
"I think I needed to come to Wigan Athletic at this point in my career," he said. "Chelsea are a fantastic club but I didn't have too many opportunities there, so I'm very happy to have made this move."
He added: "At my age I need to be playing regular football so it's an important move for me and I hope to earn a place in the team and then try my hardest to stay there.
"Tuesday was a bit tense because we got to the last 10-15 minutes of the deadline and the transfer still hadn't gone through.
"In the end all the paperwork went through and the move was complete - it was a great feeling.
"There were some other offers at the time but Wigan was the move I wanted.
"I wanted to stay in England, in the best league in the world and join a club that is moving in the right direction.
"So together with my family and friends I decided this was the right move for me."