Wigan's Shaun Maloney targeted by the Chicago Fire - report

Wigan Athletic midfielder Shaun Maloney is reportedly a target for the Chicago Fire of MLS.

Wigan Athletic ace Shaun Maloney could become the latest British player to make the move to MLS, with the Chicago Sun Times reporting that the attacking midfielder is a leading transfer target for the Chicago Fire.

The Scotland international, 31, made headlines last week after netting a stunning winner against the Republic of Ireland in their Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park, his fourth goal in 37 caps.

He made just 10 Championship appearances for Wigan last season after suffering from back and hip problems for much of the campaign, but has managed to establish himself as a regular in the club’s line-up in recent months.

Nevertheless, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, the former Celtic and Aston Villa man is understood to be considering his options, with a stateside switch of particular interest.

With the Fire missing out on a post-season spot in 2014, head coach Frank Yallop has his sights set on rebuilding the current squad, and is eager to add more attacking flair to his ranks.

The club attempted to sign former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jamie O’Hara last month, before he instead opted to join Blackpool, but are said to have a long shortlist of potential winter targets.

With no Designated Players on their current roster, the in-form Maloney would no doubt be a contender for a lucrative deal in Chicago, but it remains to be seen whether the MLS outfit will have other potential suitors to contend with.

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