SV Werder Bremen have completed the signing of Argentinian international striker Franco Di Santo on a free transfer.
Franco Di Santo had been out of contract following his release from Wigan Athletic who were relegated from the English Premier League last season.
General manager Thomas Eichin confirmed the deal on Wednesday, saying the team was looking for a striker:
“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. He wants to make it to the 2014 World Cup with Argentina and we would be very happy if he gained the necessary attention playing in Bremen, for him to achieve that goal.”
The striker has signed a three-year deal with the Green-Whites after passing his medical at a Bremen clinic on Tuesday. He is expected to be presented at a press conference on Thursday.
Franco Di Santo signed for English Premier League side Chelsea in 2008 as a 19-year old. He was an unused substitute during the Blues’ FA Cup victory in 2009.
Di Santo has spent a year on loan at Blackburn Rovers and moved to Wigan Athletic in 2010 where he was again an unused substitute during the Latics’ 2013 FA Cup final success.
In all, he scored 14 goals in 122 Premier League appearances.
Franco Di Santo has 3 caps for the Argentina national team but has not scored at senior level.