Wigan Sign Jordi Gomez From Espanyol

The Spaniard follows Martinez to Wigan from Swansea...

Roberto Martinez has made his first signing as Wigan Athletic manager, bringing in a familiar face in the form of Jordi Gomez.

The Spanish midfielder played under Martinez on loan at Swansea City and he has now joined on a permanent move from Espanyol.

The official Wigan website reports that Gomez has signed a three-year deal with the club and that he has passed a medical today.

The 24-year-old was voted in the Championship PFA Team of the Year last season and Martinez has high hopes for him at Wigan.

"Jordi is a real quality player... A great left foot and extremely pleasing on the eye as a player," he said.

"I have no doubts in my mind that he will do well in the Premier League. I think he can go all the way in the game, and to play in the Premier League is the next step in his career.

"He is a creative player with fantastic technical ability but he also knows how to look after himself on a football field. He was very popular with the supporters at Swansea and I'm sure that will be the same here."

Certainly Gomez was impressive during his time in Wales but he revealed that he is pleased to be moving up north to Wigan.

"I am very happy to be here, to be part of Wigan, and I am very happy to be part of this club and I will do my best to help the team and help the club," he mused.

Manager Martinez also revealed that even though Gomez is the first signing of the summer, he is not going to be the last.

"We are a little light in numbers and I want to press ahead and bring in some more real quality into the squad. You need to have healthy competition for places and we must make sure that the players coming in are of the correct standard and mental attitude for us. Watch this space," he declared.

James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com