James McClean explains why he chose West Brom transfer

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West Brom signed former Sunderland winger James McClean from Wigan.

The Baggies completed the signing of McClean from Wigan, following their relegation to League One, and he has told the Guardian why he chose to move to the Hawthorns.

The 26-year-old winger said: “I’m delighted. I’ve played in the Premier League before and not only am I back here but I’m with a stable top-flight club and one that wants to push on. Tony Pulis told me what his plans were, where I would fit in. It was all very positive. The Premier League is where any player wants to be.”

McClean, who signed for a £1.5 million fee, may not be the marquee signing many were hoping for at the Hawthorns, but it is certainly a step in the right direction.

The Irish international has proven himself in the Premier League, during spells with Sunderland and West Brom, and he fits in well with Tony Pulis’ style of attacking wing-play.

He will provide a creative threat that was fairly absent for much of last season, and along with Callum McManaman - who was signed in January - Pulis is certainly getting the club in order.

He has created a solid base to work upon, with more improvement expected this summer, and McClean has admitted that the need for solidity and then progression was one of the reasons he chose a transfer to the Midlands club.

He may not be a name to excite many fans, but McClean is a respectable signing and a player Pulis will likely improve, meaning he is a budget signing at just £1.5 million.

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