Cristian Montano has signed from West Ham United on a two year contract with the option of a third year. The 20-year-old will be registered in time to make his debut in the opening league match at FC Franchise if selected. Montano has been on trial at Boundary Park and can play as a striker or a winger. He joined West Ham as an under-12 player and has had loan spells at Notts County, Swindon Town, Dagenham and Oxford United and has scored 10 goals in 39 appearances.Latics boss Paul Dickov is delighted to have captured the player, who has had other offers in Italy and in France, and said, "It wasn't so much Cristian being on trial, but him coming in and getting a feel for the club and for us to do likewise. Cristian is another piece of the jigsaw and a left-sided player who is quick and talented. He is left footed but can play on either wing and he loves to take on opponents and to get in crosses and shots. He can also play up front so he gives us lots of options. I gather he could have stayed at West Ham, but he was keen to move because of his wish to play football rather than being a squad player."