Pascal Feindouno was set to sign on the dotted line for Wigan before a last successful last minute intervention from French club Monaco.
The Guinea international was strongly linked with a return to France during the January transfer window, having previously turned out for Bordeaux, Lorient and St Etienne.
On a hectic transfer deadline day, Feindouno told France Football: "It was sorted out just before the end of the transfer window.
"I was in Wigan's changing room when my agent called to tell me that Monaco were interested.
"I just about had time to pack my bags, catch a plane and land in Nice at 11.30pm.
"Twenty minutes later, my six-month contract was completed and faxed to the Federation at the very last minute."