Wigan sign Shakhtar striker Aghahowa

January 29, 2007

HAIFA, Israel, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Shakhtar Donetsk have agreed to sell Nigerian striker Julius Aghahowa to English Premier League strugglers Wigan Athletic, the Ukraine champions said on Monday.

Empics / AdamDavyStriker Julius Aghahowa

'Aghahowa has been with us for almost seven years and it's time for him to move elsewhere,' Shakhtar coach Mircea Lucescu told reporters following Sunday's 2-0 defeat by Russian champions CSKA Moscow at an invitational tournament in Israel.

'He wants to play in England and we decided to grant him his wish,' Lucescu said.

'He is in London right now to finalise his deal with Wigan.'

Aghahowa's move is subject to the 24-year-old international being granted a work permit in England.

Shakhtar have not disclosed the fee for Aghahowa, who was bought by the Donetsk side from Tunisia's Esperance for less than £2million in 2000, but media reports have put the transfer at over £3.5million.