Wigan sign French midfielder

First published in Sport

French midfielder Olivier Kapo has completed his move from Birmingham to Wigan after Steve Bruce got his man for the second time.

The 27-year-old has signed a three-year deal at the JJB Stadium following a medical.

Bruce, who took him to Blues last summer, said: "Yes, he's one I really wanted to get on board. Olivier's a real fighter, but he has a touch of quality about him. He can play in a number of positions and having worked with him in the past, I know what a good addition to our squad he will be."

He added: "He has Premier League experience, which is important, and I'm confident he will do well here."

The former Juventus player will join up with his new team-mates for their pre-season training camp in Austria.

Wigan have paid City an initial £2.5million which could eventually rise to £3.25million.

Kapo joined Birmingham for £3million on a three-year deal with a two-year option in June last year from Juve, and made 26 appearances last season.

But the club's relegation to the Coca-Cola Championship prompted Bruce to make his move, and he got his reward today.

Ivory Coast-born Kapo, who has nine senior international caps for France to his name, was delighted to be re-joining the man who initially brought him to England. He said: "Steve is a fantastic manager and this club is going places. I really want to be playing for them now."


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