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Crystal Palace teenager Victor Moses signs for Wigan

Victor Moses
Moses was watched by over 20 scouts when Palace played Wolves

Crystal Palace's teenage striker Victor Moses has signed for Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.

The Premier League club have confirmed the deal after Moses, 19, completed a medical and put pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year contract.

Championship sides Newcastle, Nottingham Forest and West Brom had also been in the hunt to sign him.

Moses said: "To play in the Premier League is a dream and I want to thank Wigan for giving me the chance."

He added: "I'm sad to leave Palace because they're a great club and gave me my chance in football and I want to say thanks to everyone there.

"But I need to prove myself now at Wigan and I'm going to focus on getting in the team and doing well for my new club."

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez said: "He is a special talent. Now he has the chance to grow in the Premier League.

"Victor is a real player in the making, and he now needs to show the right character and dedication to match his undoubted talent. I think he can make a terrific impact at Wigan Athletic over the coming months."

Palace boss Neil Warnock said on Saturday that Moses, 19, would join a Premier League side for £2.5m.

The money raised by the sale will provide a lifeline for Palace who are currently in administration.

"I think £2.5 million is a snip for one of the best young players we've got," Warnock said on Saturday.

"I've spoken to a lot of managers over the last six months and one of the managers who should have taken him in the last window has come to his senses.


"I expect to see Victor do very well in the Premier League and I'm looking forward to watching him."

Palace had hoped to pick up around £5m for Moses before the club was plunged into administration.

The club's administrators, P&A Partnership of Sheffield and Leeds, appointed the Wasserman Media Group, who represent Michael Owen, to field bids.

Twenty scouts watched Moses in Palace's FA Cup fourth round 2-2 draw with Wolves and fears of possible injury to the striker saw joint administrator Brendan Guilfoyle instruct Eagles manager Warnock not to play him.

Moses moved to England at the age of 11 after the murder of his parents in Nigeria.

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