Wigan swoop for Honduras international Figueroa
Wigan Athletic have announced the signing of Honduras left-back Maynor Figueroa on loan until the end of the season, subject to international clearance.
Figueroa, 24, arrives from Deportivo Olimpia - the club from which Wigan signed Wilson Palacios - following a three-week trial with the Latics.
Wigan boss Steve Bruce said: 'He's strong, he's quick, he has a superb left foot and I think he has the attributes to adapt to the English game.
'He's shown his desire to be with us by being away from his family all over Christmas and has shown plenty of potential in training.'
Bruce saw off competition from other clubs including interest from the United States and Mexico to land Figueroa.
'It's always a nervous time when you make a proposal to a player and you know he has a choice of clubs, but he has committed himself to us, which is pleasing,' Bruce said.
Figueroa has acquired a work permit to play for the Latics.
And the 47-cap international said: 'I have always had an ambition to play in England and now I have a chance to prove myself in what I consider to be the best league in the world.
'I am excited by the challenge.'