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Last Updated: Tuesday June 30 2009 19:07 GMT

Manchester United sign Wigan winger Antonio Valencia

Antonio Valencia with Manchester United's manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United have made their first signing of the summer in the shape of Wigan Athletic winger Antonio Valencia.

The club won't say how much the four-year deal for the 23-year-old is worth, but it's said to be as much as £16m.

The 23-year-old Ecuador international is manager Sir Alex Ferguson's first signing since Cristiano Ronaldo sealed a record £80m transfer to Real Madrid.

The Red Devils boss said they'd admired Antonio Valencia "for some time now" during his time at Wigan.

"I am sure his pace and ability will make a significant contribution to the team," Alex Ferguson added.

Antonio Valencia has played in the Premier League with Wigan for the past two years, scoring three goals for the club last season.

Now he says he can't wait to get started at Old Trafford.

"I have enjoyed my time at Wigan, but I am thrilled to have the chance to challenge for the biggest honours in club football here," he said.

"Playing in front of 76,000 fans alongside players like Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Ryan Giggs will be an amazing experience."