Report: West Brom close to agreeing deal for Wigan’s James McClean

The Irish winger is reportedly set to become Tony Pulis’ first summer signing.

It’s been a slow start to proceedings at The Hawthorns this summer with the main focus apparently being the retention of Saido Berahino’s services.

Things could start moving if reports today are correct. Sky Sports sources reveal that West Bromwich Albion are almost in agreement with Wigan Athletic over a fee for James McClean and that a deal should be finalised shortly.

The Baggies are understood to have had two earlier bids turned down but have returned at the third time of asking with a £1.5 million offer.

If this latest bid is close enough to Wigan’s valuation and personal terms are agreed, the West Brom faithful can expect an announcement in the next few days.

McClean arrived in English football four years ago, leaving hometown club Derry City for Sunderland for a fee of £350,000 - per the BBC. He enjoyed a decent spell with The Black Cats, appearing 70 times and bagging 11 goals.

Wigan came calling next and McClean produced a similar return for the Latics in the last two seasons, scoring nine goals in 73 outings.

His arrival at The Hawthorns would bring an injection of aggression and directness which was lacking on occasion last season.

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