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Bessone deal sealed

28 March 2013

Fede signs to end of season

Latics have completed the signing of Federico 'Fede' Bessone until the end of the season subject to Football League and Football Association clearance.

The 29-year-old left back arrived at Boundary Park having made a dash from Barcelona to finalise the move before the 5pm transfer deadline.

And it was a case of swopping the sunshine for the snow as it was a balmy 18 degrees when Bessone left Catalonia today.

Though Bessone has been signed as cover for Jonathan Grounds, he is determined to press home his claims for a regular first-team spot.

Bessone, who has been training with La Liga club Espanyol since leaving Swindon Town in December, is chomping at the bit to play.

He said: "I know the sporting director at Espanyol and they been very kind in letting me train with them.

"I have kept myself fit and now want to show everyone here what I can do."

Bessone, who will have the squad number 32, explained that the move has come about quickly.

He said: "I spoke to my agent yesterday and he told me I had the chance to go and help Oldham.

"I had been waiting for the call for a few months and it finally came the day before the transfer deadline."

Bessone, who played for Charlton Athletic against Latics at Boundary Park two season ago, also did his homework on his new club.

He played at Leeds United and Charlton with Aidy White a former Latics' loanee.

"I spoke to Aidy and he told me I would be happy here and there are nice people at the club," he said.

Bessone is disappointed to miss out on featuring tomorrow at Swindon.

"They were my last club and things didn't go  how I wanted and decided to leave in December," he continued.

Bessone added that it has been awful being without a club.

He said: "I have never been in this situation before and has been very frustrating.

"I have always played at a high level, but now my career is back on track."

Bessone's family moved from his native Argentina in search of work and a new life when he was aged eight.

He spent four years at Barcelona between the ages of 16/20 and could count Lionel Messi as a former team mate.

"It was every child's dream to play for Barcelona and I had four years at the club which provided a good base for my career," he continued.

Bessone then had two years at Barcelona's cross-city rivals Espanyol before moving to England in 2008. He has had two spells at Swansea and also played for Leeds and Swindon.


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