Report: Ex-Sunderland winger James McClean could spurn Newcastle for MLS

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The Wigan Athletic man is reported to be on Newcastle's summer wishlist but could instead be heading to the States.

Reported Newcastle United target James McClean is weighing up offers to make a move to MLS, according to ESPN FC.

McClean, 26, is set to leave Wigan Athletic after the club were relegated to League One and is said to be travelling out to the States in the near future to discuss a potential deal with several interested clubs.

The New York Red Bulls and Kaka-led Orlando City SC have both been named as possible suitors, while other teams are also believed to be in the race for his signature.

The Republic of Ireland winger, who joined Wigan from Sunderland in August 2013, made 37 Championship appearances this past season, while recording six goals and seven assists as the Latics finished in a disappointing 23rd-place to drop down to the third tier for the first time since 2003.

With the club’s relegation anticipated for some time, the likes of the Shields Gazette reported just last month that Newcastle are preparing a £4 million summer move for the skilful wide man but, with their Premier League status now in danger, talks look to have since gone quiet.

Given that both the Red Bulls and Orlando need left wing help, a switch to either side would make clear sense for McClean, who could follow in the footsteps of compatriots Robbie Keane [LA Galaxy], Sean St Ledger [Orlando] and Kevin Doyle [Colorado Rapids] in becoming the latest Irish international to head to the MLS.

A move to New York would even see him take the now-retired Thierry Henry’s spot in the line-up, with the team still to replace their former skipper following his offseason departure.

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