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Last Updated: Friday, 18 January 2008, 10:10 GMT
Wigan finalise swoop for Valencia
Antonio Valencia in action
Valencia has 19 caps and four goals for Ecuador
Wigan have completed the signing of Ecuador international Antonio Valencia from Villarreal for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance.

The 21-year-old winger, who has been impressive during a year-long loan spell at the JJB Stadium, has agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract.

And Wigan boss Steve Bruce is delighted to have secured his services.

"He has pace, trickery, he is as strong as an ox and has a great work ethic," he said of his fourth January signing.

Valencia joins defenders Maynor Figueroa and Erik Edman, and striker Wilson Palacios as Bruce continues his squad strengthening.

606: DEBATE

The Latics manager said one of his main priorities was to ensure Valencia, who has featured in every match since he took over Wigan in November, was a permanent fixture at the club.

"Now that his future is sorted out, I want him to focus completely on his football and keep improving because I believe he has the potential to be a top, top player," Bruce said.

Valencia has made 35 appearances for Wigan since the start of last season, scoring one goal.

And the South American cited Bruce's influence and the fans for his recent run of good performances.

"You can see how the team is motivated now and I think he (Bruce) will be successful here in the seasons to come," said Valencia, who has 19 caps for Ecuador.

"I also thank the Wigan fans who often sing my name, which makes me really happy to be here!"

SEE ALSO
Wigan snap up Ecuador's Valencia
03 Aug 06 |  Wigan Athletic
Wigan swoop for defender Figueroa
17 Jan 08 |  Wigan Athletic
Derby 0-1 Wigan
12 Jan 08 |  Premier League
Wigan complete Palacios signing
11 Jan 08 |  Wigan Athletic
Rennes complete signing of Edman
31 Aug 05 |  Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs sign Edman
31 Jul 04 |  Tottenham Hotspur


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