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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 December 2006, 10:03 GMT
Granqvist signs for Wigan on loan
Sweden defender Andreas Granqvist
Defender Granqvist has been linked with several clubs
Sweden defender Andreas Granqvist has joined Wigan from Helsingborg on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old has joined on a deal that could become permanent in the summer and could make his debut against Blackburn on 1 January.

"To play in England has always been a dream for me. I am thrilled to have sorted out the move," said Granqvist.

"I liked working with the manager in training, and I can see there is already a great squad here."

Granqvist will be the second Swedish player at the JJB Stadium, with striker Andreas Johansson also at the club.

Several clubs had been watching Andreas but nothing happened

Helsingborg sporting director Bo Nilsson

The new signing has one Sweden cap and as part of the deal that takes him to Wigan he will not participate in his nation's series of friendlies against South America opposition in January.

Granqvist added: "I hope I can repay the faith Wigan have shown in me by performing well for the club."

"I have spoken to Andreas (Johansson) about the club and he told me about the team spirit and how he thinks Wigan will suit me.

"I know there are some really good defenders at the club, and I am going to have to fight for my place, but that is fine.

"I couldn't turn down the opportunity to play in England, and to try and test myself against some of the best players in the world.


Helsingborg sporting director Bo Nilsson stated: "We are pleased with the agreement.

"Several clubs had been watching Andreas but nothing happened.

"We then had a serious offer from Wigan and the deal was done quickly.

"Andreas has been keen to test himself in Europe and as he has been loyal to us for many years, we are not going to stand in his way."

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