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Marco Ruben set to complete Wigan move from Villarreal

Marco Ruben (left) in action for Recreativo Huelva
Ruben (left) joined Villarreal from Argentine side River Plate in 2007

Spanish club Villarreal expect Marco Ruben's move to Wigan Athletic to be completed on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Argentine striker has been playing with Villarreal B in the Spanish second division this season.

"The clubs have reached an agreement and all that is needed is for the player to put pen to paper," said Villarreal's press officer Hernan Sanz.

Ruben, who is already in England, is thought to be joining for £7m on a four-and-a-half year deal.

He has already said goodbye to Villarreal's fans via the club website, saying: "I found out eight or nine days ago, and since then the club have continued with negotiations with my agent and he told me it was done and all that was needed was my signature.


"I am happy to take this opportunity because it is a good coach [Roberto Martinez] and a great team."

Ruben joined Villarreal from River Plate in January 2008 and played the next 18 months on loan with Recreativo Huelva before they were relegated in 2009.

He has also played for Rosario Central in Argentina, and has scored nine goals Villarreal B in the 2009-10 campaign.

Wigan, currently just three points above the relegation zone, are also reportedly one of several clubs interested in signing Rangers striker Kris Boyd who is out of contract at the end of the season.

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Caldwell joins Wigan from Celtic
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Wigan swoop for defender Gohouri
12 Jan 10 |  Wigan
Wigan seal loan deal for keeper
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