Bremen snap up Di Santo

Bundesliga side Werder Bremen have announced the signing of Argentina forward Franco Di Santo on a three-year deal. The 24-year-old joins after 57 appearances and 13 goals over three seasons at Wigan, where his contract expired after they were relegated from the English Premier League.

"We have been looking for a robust striker and we are sure that we have found a good solution in Franco," said Werder's director of sport Thomas Eichin.

The 6ft 4in tall striker has already passed a medical and is expected to hold a news conference at Werder on Thursday. Di Santo comes with top flight experience after spells at Chelsea and Blackburn Rovers as well as Wigan, who were relegated last season.

"Werder has a very good reputation and the Bundesliga is an attractive league, I want to show what I can do here," said Di Santo who signed for Chelsea as a 19-year-old in 2008, but was then loaned to Blackburn and later sold to Wigan.

Werder needed a late strike from Austria midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic to seal a 1-0 win over Bundesliga new-side Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday as the Bundesliga got underway.