Report: MLS club looking to beat Celtic and Leicester to Wigan's Shaun Maloney

Celtic and Leicester City could be set to miss out on Wigan Athletic's Shaun Maloney to the Chicago Fire, according to reports.

Wigan Athletic winger Shaun Maloney could become the latest British player to make the move to MLS, with ESPN FC reporting that the Chicago Fire are hoping to complete a deal for this signature his week.

Maloney, 31, was first linked to the Fire in November, but the likes of Leicester City and former club Celtic have since been named as potential destinations for the Scotland international, whose Wigan contract expires in the summer.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has admitted interest in bringing him back to Celtic Park this month, but the player himself is reported to be open to a switch across the Atlantic, with a lucrative offer said to be on the table.

The ex-Aston Villa man has recorded two goals and two assists in 21 total appearances for Wigan this campaign, following a season in which he was blighted with back and hip problems for several months, but now seems all but set to leave the DW Stadium in the coming weeks.

After missing out on the post-season in 2014, Fire head coach Frank Yallop has embarked on a considerable rebuilding project this winter, bringing in Designated Players Kennedy Igboananike and David Accam from Swedish sides AIK and Helsingborg, respectively, as well as former Southampton forward Guilherme “Guly” do Prado.

Maloney would look to be the final attacking piece in the puzzle but, with a return to either the Premier League or the Scottish champions on the table, Chicago will have to keep their fingers crossed over the coming days.

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