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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 June 2007, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK
Wigan clinch deal for Granqvist
Andreas Granqvist (in black) tackles Portsmouth's Glen Johnson during his one outing for Wigan during his loan spell at the JJB Stadium club
Wigan manager Chris Hutchings has made his fourth summer signing, with Sweden defender Andreas Granqvist signing from Helsingborg for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old has agreed a two-year deal and was on loan at Wigan from January until the end of the season but made only one outing - in the FA Cup.

Hutchings told Wigan's website: "There was a lot of interest in Andreas.

"That's why I wanted to get this done quickly. He has bags of potential and the ability to make a real impact."

Wigan were so keen to make sure of the signing they sent a delegation, headed by chief executive Brenda Spencer, to wrap up the deal at a meeting in Denmark.

I get on really well with the manager and I am very optimistic about the future

Andreas Granqvist

Hutchings added: "He is good technically, he's strong and powerful and has pace.

"Now it's up to us to make sure we harness that potential and turn him into a Premier League regular."

Granqvist joins fellow new arrivals Titus Bramble, Antoine Sibierski and Mario Melchiot at the JJB Stadium.

"I really like the atmosphere at the club and I feel I learned a lot from being involved last season," he said.

"I feel I can now push and challenge for a regular first-team place next season.

"I get on really well with the manager and I am very optimistic about the future. I can't wait to get back and start challenging for my place."



SEE ALSO
Wigan capture defender Melchiot
15 Jun 07 |  Wigan Athletic
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Wigan sign Bramble and Sibierski
04 Jun 07 |  Wigan Athletic


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