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Last Updated: Thursday, 3 August 2006, 17:03 GMT 18:03 UK
Wigan snap up Ecuador's Valencia
Ecuador midfielder Luis Antonio Valencia
Valencia cost Villarreal 1.2m last summer from CD El Nacional
Wigan have completed the signing of Villarreal midfielder Luis Antonio Valencia on a year's loan deal.

The 21-year-old Ecuadorian, who can play in the middle or on the right, is now waiting for a work permit.

"Antonio is something new for Wigan," said Latics boss Paul Jewell. "He has skill in abundance and combines it with electric pace and a high work-rate."

Valencia has 19 caps for his country and played at the World Cup finals, featuring in the 1-0 defeat to England.

Jewell added: "He has played in Europe for a season, and I'm convinced he has the attributes to make a success of the Premiership."

Valencia joined Villarreal last year but had a spell on loan with Recreativo Huelva.

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