Groningen delighted with capture of Wigan's Granqvist

Groningen are delighted with their capture of Wigan Athletic defender Andreas Granqvist.

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The Swede was unveiled to the local media yesterday after marathon negotiations between the two clubs.

Groningen's technical director Henk Veldmate hailed the signing, telling the club's official website: "Granqvist is a real central defender - big, strong and he is good in the air."

Director Hans Nijland added at the player's presentation: "The negotiations have taken some time. There was a lot of interest in him. He is a young player and also an international. Five minutes before this presentation the deal was sealed."

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