Wigan Athletic have confirmed the permanent signing of Yanic Wildschut from Middlesbrough. He signs on a three-and-a-half year deal following a successful loan spell earlier this season.
The 24-year-old has passed a medical at DW Stadium and is in line to make his first start as a full-time Wigan Athletic player on Tuesday. The Latics entertain Sheffield United in an important League One encounter. An undisclosed fee has been agreed between the two clubs following week-long discussions after his loan expired after the Scunthorpe United match last week.
Wigan boss Gary Caldwell was delighted to confirm the signing of the Dutchman and believes it is a real signal of intent regarding their ambitions this season,
“Everyone at this club has worked so hard to get the deal over the line and it shows our ambition that we are now able to unveil Yanic as a Wigan Athletic player.
On his day, he has already shown us what he can do and how devastating he can be. He’s not the finished article yet, he will be the first to admit that, but his potential is huge and we are delighted that it is here in Wigan that we can both work together for the long-term.”
The player himself, who joined Middlesbrough in September 2014 from Dutch Eredivisie side Heerenveen and has ten Holland Under-21 caps, was also pleased to sign the contract and make the move to the Greater Manchester club,
“I have loved playing for Wigan, everyone at the club has been great to me, the fans sing my name, and I’m so happy that everything is now done. I can concentrate on playing now again and helping us climb the table.”
Wildschut re-joins Wigan’s push for an immediate return to the Championship after relegation last season. They are situated inside the play-off places and are six points off second-placed Gillingham, who Wigan beat 3-2 a few days ago.