Thursday 26 January 2012

Wigan snap up winger Beausejour

Latics sign Chilean from Championship side Birmingham City

Jean Beausejour played in the Barclays Premier League for Birmingham City last season

Wigan Athletic have completed the signing of winger Jean Beausejour from Championship side Birmingham City for an undisclosed fee.

The 27-year-old passed a medical at the DW Stadium on Wednesday and put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year contract.

Beausejour has won 43 international caps for Chile and scored the winner in the World Cup 2010 group match against Honduras in South Africa.

"The manager told me about his plans for the club and I am really excited"
- Jean Beausejour

"[Manager] Roberto [Martinez] told me about the plans he has for the club and I am really excited to join and meet my team-mates," Beausejour told the club's official website.

"We have a really tough end of the season, but I am really looking forward to the challenge ahead.

"I want to thank all the supporters at Birmingham and now I have to concentrate on getting in the team and doing my best for Wigan Athletic.

Latics boss Martinez added: "Jean is a player we have been tracking for a long time since he made a huge impression on us with his role for Chile in the World Cup.

"Now Jean has 18 months of experience in the British game and his dynamism, technical ability and tactical concepts will bring a different dimension into our squad.

"He is ready to bring his own experience and his energy into the fantastic challenge that as a football club we're facing in the next 16 games of the season."

Beausejour made 17 Barclays Premier League appearances for Birmingham last season as the Blues were relegated, scoring against West Brom and Everton.

He could make his Wigan debut when they meet Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Tuesday 31st January.

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Key Points

  • Wigan sign Beausejour from Birmingham City
  • He signs for undisclosed fee until summer of 2014
  • Winger Beausejour has won 43 caps for Chile