Irish wide man said to be relishing chance to join SPL giants.
Scottish Premier League champions Glasgow Celtic want to sign highly rated Sunderland midfield player James McClean this summer, according to reports in the Sunday Express.
The Scottish giants feel that the exciting Republic of Ireland international can bring some much-needed creativity to their midfield next season, with Hoops head coach Neil Lennon said to be desperate to sign McClean before next week’s crucial Uefa Champions League second-round qualifier against Swedish outfit Elfsborg.
The 24-year-old has been with the Black Cats for the past two campaigns now, having originally arrived in the north east from home-town club Derry City on a three-year contract in August 2011 for a fee of just £350,000.
However, that transfer was sealed by previous Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill, with the wide man being a firm favourite of the Northern Irishman’s at the Stadium of Light, before his sacking towards the end of the previous campaign that is.
And following the arrival of new manager Paolo Di Canio, there have been big changes at the club, who only just failed to avoid relegation to the Championship at the end of the previous campaign, with McClean’s very own Sunderland future coming under question.
As a result, despite 11 goals in his 69 appearances for Sunderland, it appears as though Di Canio is happy for the winger to now join Celtic, with a deal for McClean expected to be finalised in the next few days.