Are Newcastle set to swoop for reported Celtic target James McClean?

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Newcastle United are reportedly trying to bring James McClean to the club from Wigan Athletic after Celtic missed out on the winger in January.

The Derry Journal reports that Newcastle United will move for James McClean in the summer, due to Celtic's failure to land the winger. 

Celtic had reportedly attempted to sign McClean on loan during the January transfer window, but they failed to agree a deal with Wigan Atheltic, and Newcastle may now be ready to pounce.

The Premier League side apparently feel that McClean would make a good addition to their team and hope to beat the Bhoys to his signature in the upcoming transfer window.

McClean should be available for a transfer with Wigan seemingly set to be playing League One football next term and, according to the Derry Journal, the hope is that a deal will be agreed in the coming months.

If McClean does move to Newcastle he should offer them pace and trickery down the wings, but he is not likely to be a signing to win over all the supporters.

Newcastle fans have called for the club to show ambition in the summer and they will be expecting some higher profile names than McClean to arrive before the close of the window.

McClean has made 41 appearances for Wigan this season, scoring nine times, but he has not been able to save the Latics from the drop. 

Would McClean be a good buy for Newcastle?

McClean has proven his quality in the Premier League before, but there must be doubts over whether he would have the class required to push them on to the next level.

The 25-year-old has the ability to play for a lower mid-table side in the top-flight, but this is the exact place Newcastle need to be aiming to get out of.

The Magpies are desperate to start competing for the European places again and it is arguable that they would need to bring in more quality than just McClean to do that.

As cover, he could represent a decent choice, but when the side seemingly are happy to let Sammy Ameobi's contract run down there have to be question marks over whether McClean would be much of an upgrade.

It means that the Tynesiders may be better off looking elsewhere, unless they are able to capture McClean cheaply.

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