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Club confirm signing of in-demand striker
Wigan Athletic are delighted to confirm the signing of highly in-demand striker Marc-Antoine Fortune, who after completing a medical with the club put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal at the DW Stadium this morning.
The 32-year-old former West Bromwich Albion forward had been coveted by a number of clubs following his exit from The Hawthorns at the end of the season, but once again it was Owen Coyle who got there first and completed his sixth signing of the summer transfer window.
Owen Coyle said of his latest acquisition:
"To bring a player of such calibre to the football club is a great piece of business.
"He's shown his qualities at the very highest level, and when I spoke to Steve Clarke at West Brom he told me how he didn't want to lose him, which goes to show how important he has been at his former club and proof that he has the capabilities to be a Premier League forward, never mind a Championship one.
"So I'm really exciting to bring him in, the first of the strikers to arrive and I'm sure he'll bring a great deal to the team. He's powerful, can play anywhere across the front line and has pace to hurt defences. With the amount of games we have to play this season it's important to have these kind of players at the club."
Fortune signed for West Brom in 2010, having already spent time on loan at the club during the 2008/09 season. In total he made 80 league appearances for the Baggies either side of a year at Parkhead with Celtic, whom he joined from French side Nancy.
The French forward began his career in France with Angouleme in 1998, before joining Lille four years later, going on to spend time with Rouen (loan), Stade Brest, Utrecht, and Nancy before moving to the UK.