Eastleigh were one of the busiest sides in the National League on transfer deadline day and they ended it by selling former Sunderland striker Mikael Mandron to Championship side Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old passed a medical at the DW Stadium and put pen to paper on a two and a half year deal.
The move sees Mandron reunited with a familar face at the Latics, with former Sunderland coach Andy Welsh joining the club last week.
The pair worked together with the Black Cats during Mandron’s time on Wearside.
Latics` manager Warren Joyce described the Frenchman as “a dynamic young striker” and expressed his pleasure at the thought of working with him over his time with the club.
He said “Mikael is a dynamic young striker who has worked with our new coach Andy Welsh at Sunderland and we are really optimistic he can develop with us over the next two and a half years.
“He has pace and strength and we look forward to working with him.”
Mandron began his career with Sunderland, making his way through the Black Cats youth system. He went on to make three Premier League appearances, with his debut coming as a late substitute in a 6-1 defeat against Aston Villa in April 2013.
With first team opportunities limited, Mandron spent time away from Sunderland on loan. Over the next two years he had loan spells with Fleetwood Town, Shrewsbury Town and Hartlepool United.
After being released by Sunderland at the end of last season Mandron joined Eastleigh, much to the delight of then-Spitfires boss Chris Todd.
After completing the signing of the striker he said “I’m absolutely delighted to capture Mikael. He is another young talent, who has unbelievable potential and I’m positive he will become a firm favourite with the fans.”
Now after scoring eighteen goals in all competitions for the Spitfires he has secured a move to Wigan Athletic and could make his Latics debut on Friday night, when they host promotion chasing Sheffield Wednesday.
Mandron will be joined in the Latics squad by former Solihull Moors striker Omar Bogle, after the Grimsby Town star secured a late deadline day move to the DW Stadium.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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