Report: Wigan Athletic have bid accepted for Newcastle United defender

James Tavernier is a target for many clubs this summer, but Wigan Athletic seem to be in pole position.

James Tavernier had a wonderful season last time around as he helped Rotherham United clinch promotion to the Championship via the play-offs. After joining The Millers in November he played in 27 league matches and scored five goals in total.

Known as more of defender, the 22-year-old enjoyed an attacking wing role for Rotherham and was a huge asset for them on the right-hand side. Capable of playing in a number of positions his form has attracted interest from an abundance of clubs. Rotherham were keen on bringing him back as well as Newcastle United teammate Haris Vuckic, but it now seems as if Wigan Athletic have made the most progress with regards to a deal.

Wigan manager Uwe Rosler admitted that bids had been placed for two players and he was hopeful they could join before the club departs to Germany for pre-season training.

"The chairman remains very supportive of what we’re doing and hopefully we will be able to present a couple of new signings before we fly out to Germany.

"We have already signed two players, we have bids in for another two players, so the ball is rolling."

He stopped short of revealing who the players were, but Sky Sports understands that one of those bids is for James Tavernier and it has been accepted by The Magpies. This revelation could encourage other clubs to make a move as well.

Tavernier has one year left on his contract at St James' Park and he looks unlikely to break into the team so now would be the time to cash in on him.

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