Wigan close on Bournemouth's MacDonald

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

HITC Sport understands Bournemouth midfielder set for move.

Shaun MacDonald celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for BournemouthShaun MacDonald celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Bournemouth

Wigan Athletic are closing in on the signing of Bournemouth midfielder Shaun MacDonald, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Wigan are in the market for a new midfielder after selling Emyr Huws to Cardiff and they have lined up a move for Huws' Wales international team-mate MacDonald.

MacDonald has struggled to hold down a regular place in the Bournemouth side in recent years and has found himself playing a back-up role in Eddie Howe's plans.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe before the gameBournemouth manager Eddie Howe before the game

McDonald made just three Premier League appearances last term in Bournemouth's first season back in the top flight with his six other outings coming in the cup competitions.

The 28-year-old, who joined Bournemouth from Swansea in 2011, helped the club on their remarkable rise from League One to the Premier League, but he has slipped down the pecking order.

Aston Villa's Kieran Richardson (R) and Leandro Bacuna in action with Bournemouth's Shaun MacDonaldAston Villa's Kieran Richardson (R) and Leandro Bacuna in action with Bournemouth's Shaun MacDonald

MacDonald only signed a new one-year deal with Bournemouth in February, but his first-team opportunities are set to be limited again this season and the club are willling to let him move on in search of regular first-team football.

Wigan Athletic manager Gary CaldwellWigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell

Wigan boss Gary Caldwell feels Wales international MacDonald will provide valuable experience to his young squad in the Championship this season.

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