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Jul 22, 2010

Alcaraz gets work permit for Wigan move

Wigan have finally sealed the signing of free agent Antolin Alcaraz after he was awarded a work permit.

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Alcaraz, who left Club Brugge last month when his contract expired, signed for Wigan before the World Cup finals but had to wait for the permit before he could officially move to the DW Stadium.

Comments last week from the Paraguay defender, who impressed in South Africa, suggested that he was trying to get out of the agreement and engineer a move to a bigger club. But Alcaraz has now signed a three-year deal with the Latics.

Manager Roberto Martinez said: "It's fantastic news that we can finally confirm the arrival of a defender who I feel was one of the very best at this summer's World Cup. This is a massive boost for the club and we are thrilled to welcome him on board.''

Alcaraz joins a strong Latin American contingent at Wigan including Honduras pair Maynor Figueroa and Hendry Thomas and Colombian Hugo Rodallega.

"I am so happy that everything has gone through now,'' he said. "I want to thank Roberto and the club for all the hard work to get me to Wigan and now I just want to play football. The Premier League is a big challenge for every player and I can't wait to get started.''

Wigan are now hoping to complete a deal for Hamilton midfielder James McArthur. The two clubs have agreed a fee and the 22-year-old was due to undergo a medical on Thursday.

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