Former Wigan forward Franco Di Santo has signed for Bundesliga side Werder Bremen on a three-year deal on a free transfer.
24-year-old Di Santo's contract at the DW Stadium had expired in June and, following the club's relegation from the Premier League, he chose to depart the F.A. Cup winners.
He had previously been courted by Swansea and Sunderland among other Premier League sides, according to reports in the English press. However, he ultimately opted for a move to Germany.
His Wigan career was varied; he scored 13 goals in 92 games, earning three caps for his country whilst playing at his best. However, he fell out of favour last season due to the impressive form of Arouna Kone, scoring just a single goal.
Prior to joining Wigan, he endured a torrid spell with Chelsea, for whom he made only eight appearances, and scored one goal during a loan spell with Blackburn.
Despite his struggles in the Premier League, Bremen believe Di Santo has shown enough promise, and that a move to another country could bring out the best in the striker.
Bremen general manager Thomas Eichin told the club website: "We had been in the hunt for a robust striker with experience in a big league.
"We are very confident that we have found a good solution in Franco Di Santo.
"He is experienced but still possesses enough potential for development in order to make a great leap forwards."
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