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Wigan striker Mauro Boselli joins Genoa on loan

Mauro Boselli
Boselli has struggled to adapt to English football since his arrival

Wigan's record signing Mauro Boselli has joined Italian side Genoa on loan for the rest of the season.

The striker, 25, joined Wigan from Estudiantes for about £6m in June but has scored only once in 12 appearances for the Premier League strugglers.

"At the moment I feel that for Mauro to play five months in Italy or Spain, it will be what he needs," said Latics manager Roberto Martinez.

"Then we'll get the real Mauro who is going to be a massive asset for us."

Argentina international Boselli scored 32 goals in 57 games for Estudiantes and helped them to the Copa Libertadores title in 2009.

But he has been unable to replicate that form in England in a team that lies next to bottom in the table.


Martinez admitted: "Mauro has been adapting to the British game and, at the moment, it has been really, really difficult.

"I have always said we are lucky to have a player of Mauro's quality at our club, but he needs this opportunity to play because at the moment he cannot be the player he has been at Estudiantes over the past two seasons."

Earlier this week Boselli, who has missed Wigan's last two games with a hamstring injury, placed a message in Spanish on his Twitter page, which read: "Six months at Genoa. I am very happy."

The Italians, 13th in the Serie A table, will have an option to buy the Argentine at the end of his loan spell but Martinez is clear he wants Boselli to return to the DW Stadium.

"I am confident he will come back a better and stronger player after his stay in Italy. We wish him all the best over there and will be monitoring his progress weekly," stated Martinez.

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