Weeks of speculation were ended today after it was announced that Paraguay international Antolin Alcaraz has been granted a work permit and is now officially a Wigan Athletic player.

Despite the fact that the 27-year old centre-half had signed for Wigan well before the World Cup Finals had even began the rumour mill rumbled on following a successful tournament for the former Club Brugge player.

Reports emerged that he would not be joining Roberto Martinez’ side and that he had only previously agreed in prinicipal to sign for Wigan.

However this could not have been further from the truth, something that Martinez went to great lengths to emphasise, and today the 6′ 1″ defender can now look forward to life at the DW Stadium.

His performances for his country in South Africa brought him many plaudits and Martinez is delighted to finally have him on board.

“It’s fantastic news that we can finally confirm the arrival of a defender who I feel was one of the very best at this summer’s World Cup.

“This is a massive boost for the club and we are thrilled to welcome him on board.”

Officials from Wigan had this morning travelled to Wembley Stadium to meet with representatives from bodies including the Football Assocation, Premier League and Professional Footballers Association to put forward the case for the granting of Alcaraz’ permit and returned from the capital with good news.

Alcaraz joins Wigan on a three year contract and can’t wait to get started.

He told the official website: “I am so happy that everything has gone through now. I want to thank Roberto and the club for all the hard work to get me to Wigan and now I just want to play football.

“The Premier League is a big challenge for every player and I can’t wait to get started.”