Wigan Athletic have finally signed Honduras midfielder Hendry Thomas after a 12-month delay.
The 24-year-old international has agreed a three-year contract at the JJB Stadium and will officially join the Latics subject to receiving international clearance.
Thomas was initially expected to join the Premier League club in July 2008 but he failed to acquire a work permit.
Should he obtain the necessary clearance then Thomas will become the third player to join Wigan from Honduran club Deportivo Olimpia, following the precious captures of Wilson Palacios and Maynor Figueroa.
"Everyone knows how well Wilson and Maynor have done in the Premier League and it is no wonder there was lots of interest in Hendry, who comes from the same club as those two and has impressed," manager Roberto Martinez told the club's official website.
"What happened last season here was a shame but the player now has the chance to prove himself over here.
"He is a powerful figure in midfield, who can sit in front of the back four and destroy attacks or can also come forward and score.
"He is a player the club has worked really hard to secure these past months, with representatives from here travelling over to Honduras to meet with him and broker the deal and all that hard work has paid off now."