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Friday 18 January 2013

Joel Robles completes Wigan loan move

Goalkeeper joins until the end of the season while Southampton sign defender Vegard Forren

  • Spain Under-23 goalkeeper Joel Robles has joined Wigan until the end of the season

  • Saints defender Vegard Forren has won five caps for Norway. Credit: Southampton FC

Wigan Athletic have confirmed the signing of Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Joel Robles on a six-month loan deal.

The signing was completed on Friday morning, meaning the 22-year-old is eligible to play in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against Sunderland at the DW Stadium.

Robles, a Spain international at U16, U17, U21 and U23 levels, has been part of the Atletico first-team squad since 2010 and spent part of last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano, making 13 appearances.

"Joel is a great talent and is in an exciting moment of his career"
Roberto Martinez

He was signed by Wigan after impressing on a two-week trial with the club.

"I am so happy to be able to start my career in England," Robles told the club's official website. "The Premier League is a dream for any player in the world and when you see other players from Spain and what they have done in England, it gives us hope that we can be successful here.

"Everyone has welcomed me to the club and now I just have to do my best and compete for my place."

Manager Roberto Martinez added: "Joel is a great talent and is in an exciting moment of his personal career. His experiences at Atletico Madrid and Rayo Vallecano will help him to bring real competition to the goalkeeping department at the club and we hope this can be a productive period for both him and us."

Forren becomes a Saint

Southampton have announced the signing of Norway central defender Vegard Forren for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old has agreed a three-and-a-half year contract after moving from Norwegian champions Molde.

"It's a dream come true for me," Forren told the club's website. "Southampton is a big club in the Premier League, which is where I have always wanted to come and play football.

"When I was told of the interest from Southampton, straight away I wanted to come and talk to the chairman. We had a chat and I was very impressed - there was no doubt that this is where I wanted to be.

"The plan the chairman has for this club is fantastic. There is a good, young squad here and the way they play fits me well, so I hope I can join the team and get some good results."

Forren, who was named the best player in Norway last year, watched his new side draw 2-2 with Chelsea on Wednesday and could make his debut in Monday's Barclays Premier League clash with Everton.

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Key Points

  • Joel Robles becomes Wigan's third signing of the transfer window
  • Goalkeeper joins on a six-month loan deal from Atletico Madrid
  • Southampton sign Norway defender Vegard Forren from Molde