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HENRIQUEZ MOVE CONFIRMED

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04:00 2nd January 2013

by Ed Jones

Latics Hen party as Chilean striker joins on loan

Wigan Athletic are delighted to announce that Chilean international striker Angelo Henriquez has joined the club on loan for the rest of the season from Manchester United. 

Following the news of Roger Espinoza’s imminent arrival The 18-year-old becomes the second confirmed signing of the January transfer window as manager Roberto Martinez makes an early start on strengthening his squad for the second-half of the campaign,.

Henriquez could make his debut against Bournemouth this Saturday as he is eligible to play in the FA Cup. He will take the Number 11 shirt.

Martinez said: “We’re really excited about Angelo because he is a very young man with a huge potential; he’s a goal-scorer with clever movement inside the box and has had a very successful time with his former club Universidad.

“We hope to have a good partnership in terms of allowing Angelo to develop as a footballer and learn of the demands of the English game, because I feel he can bring us something different in the forward line.

“I’m sure the fans will give him a great welcome on Saturday and it will provide him with the perfect opportunity to begin his experiences on the pitch in English football which is very exciting.”

Henriquez said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am really excited after the manager has given this chance for me to prove myself. Now I need to work to try and earn my place in the team.”

Henrique joined Sir Alex Ferguson’s side in the summer from Chilean side Universidad de Chile, with whom he came through the youth ranks and helped to win last season’s Apertura, the nation’s top division.

He arrives at the DW Stadium at an exciting point in his career, having only just made his senior international debut last month against Serbia, scoring in the same match that also featured new Latics team-mate Jean Beausejour.

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