Wigan new boy Shaun Maloney admits the lure of the Barclays Premier League was his chief reason for ending his long association with Celtic.

The Scotland forward signed a two-year deal with Latics on Wednesday after the Glasgow giants accepted an offer of around £1million. The 28-year-old had a 19-month spell with Aston Villa from 2007-08 but has otherwise spent his entire career at Parkhead.

Maloney told the club's website, www.wiganlatics.co.uk: "I spoke to the manager [Roberto Martinez] a couple of days ago and that started to be the reason why, over the last couple of days, I thought this would be something that excites me. I can't wait to get started."

He added: "After speaking with both clubs, I decided it was probably the right time - especially the league Wigan are in, it is just something that straight away appealed.

"And the manager was that positive when I spoke to him that you just want to come and train and play under him."

Maloney's second spell at Celtic was marred by injury but he believes a second crack at the English top flight could revive his career.

He added: "I had a really enjoyable time the first time with Villa and I am really looking forward to it."

Maloney was not the only new arrival on transfer deadline day at the DW Stadium with Chelsea's Holland Under-21 defender Patrick van Aanholt joining on a season-long loan.

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