Black Cats wide-man set for DW Stadium switch.
James McClean is set for talks with Championship side Wigan Athletic after the Latics agreed a £2million fee with his current employers, Sunderland according to the BBC.
If the Republic of Ireland international agrees his personal terms swiftly then he will be legible for Wigan’s tie against Manchester United at Wembley for the Community Shield – this Sunday.
Whether or not a deal for the 24 year-old can be wrapped up in this time is unclear at the moment, but the former Derry City man will definitely be interested in the first team football offered by Wigan after falling down the pecking order with the Black Cats due to Paolo Di Canio’s new regime.
The Italian coach has come in and expressed his desire to spark an overhaul at the club, already seeing seven players sacrificed due to Paolo’s mass exodus. Although, it isn’t all bad news for Sunderland fans as they have seen eight brand new faces brought in, including Italian international Emanuele Giaccherini and USA international Jozy Altidore.
It is clear to see that Di Canio has big ambitions for the coming season, with the eight new arrivals, it was inevitable some players would suffer.
McClean was brought in back in 2011, from Derry City, when Martin O’Niell was managing the Black Cats. Despite only missing two games last season for Sunderland, he has failed to really build on his debut season – failing to meet his potential.
Wigan should be able to tempt him with first team football, and a clear desire to win promotion back to the Premier League.