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Rodallega set for Latics move
08 Jan 2009 - 08:10:31
Wigan Athletic are close to sealing the signing of Colombia striker Hugo Rodallega from Mexican club Necaxa.
The 23-year-old frontman will cost the Latics in excess of £4million, with a work permit application to be heard next week the only potential stumbling block.
Rodallega is excited about the prospect of proving his worth in England, telling the El Tiempo newspaper: "I am very motivated to be playing alongside such a talented group of players.
"I am very happy because a very good piece of news has been finally confirmed. This is one of my dreams coming true.
"Since I was told about the possibility of playing there, I watch them every time I can. They have a very similar style to all the teams there - fast, strong, tough.
"Considering what I have and what I am going to learn, I will get to a team with high goals.
"I think you can adapt yourself to all the leagues. If the English league is not the best in the world, it is one of the best. It is a big challenge to me and I am mentally prepared."
Latics boss Steve Bruce is hopeful that the South American will prove to be a bargain buy, adding: "He's fast, about 6ft 1ins, he's good in the air, rangy rather than thick-set, can score a goal - he's just a genuine all-round striker."