Report: Aston Villa and Hull chase Championship midfielder

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Aston Villa are Hull City are reportedly keen on Wigan Athletic's Chris McCann.

Aston Villa and Hull City are both interested in signing Wigan Athletic’s Chris McCann, according to the Daily Mail.

McCann has impressed in Wigan's side despite their struggles this season and his form has not gone unnoticed by the Premier League duo.

Both Villa and Hull are fighting against the drop and they believe that McCann could help them maintain their top-flight status.

Convincing Wigan to part with McCann could be difficult, though. The midfielder has been a mainstay in the Latics side since November and they are unlikely to be keen on allowing their key players to leave, given they are so far away from safety in the Championship.

Impact for Wigan?

The blow of losing McCann would be softened considerably if they are able to tie up a transfer for Leeds United's Rodolph Austin, who is said to be close to a move by Sky Sports, but it would still be a big loss.

McCann's combative presence and technical ability makes him a vital part of Malky Mackay's plans, but if either Villa or Hull do make a move it will be hard to convince him to stay.

Wigan are seven points adrift of safety in the Championship and being in a relegation fight in the second-tier is unlikely to be appealing to the player when Premier League football is on offer.

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