Report: Sunderland's Callum McManaman targeted for Wigan loan

Callum McManaman (L) of Sunderland is sent off by referee Keith Stroud during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in...

Sunderland winger Callum McManaman may be about to leave the Stadium of Light for the coming season.

Daniel Ayala (L) of Middlesbrough challenges Callum McManaman of Sunderland during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Middlesbrough and Sunderland at the Riverside Stadium on...

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (24/06; page 60), Sunderland winger Callum McManaman is a loan target for Championship newbies Wigan Athletic as the Black Cats look to shift the player off their books.

Sunderland are preparing for life in League One following their second relegation in as many seasons. And after having so little to smile about over the last few years, the fans will be hoping that there is a mass clear-out amongst the playing squad over the coming weeks.

Callum McManaman (L) of Sunderland is sent off by referee Keith Stroud during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in...

The Sun on Sunday reports that McManaman is one of the players that the club want to move off the wage bill less than one year after he joined from West Brom. And while shifting him permanently may be a tricky task, it appears that one club are prepared to look at a potential deal.

The Sun on Sunday (24/06; page 60) suggests that the Latics are keen on the 27-year-old and are looking at trying to sign the wide-man on a loan deal for the coming campaign as they build up for life back in the second tier.

It seems unlikely that McManaman will have many qualms about moving to the DW Stadium. The former England under-20 international spent eight years on Wigan's books before leaving for the Baggies in a £4.75 million deal - as reported by BBC Sport.

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook looks on during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Wigan Athletic at Sixfields on January 1, 2018 in Northampton, England.

McManaman has lost his way in recent years. He struggled under Tony Pulis at The Hawthorns, and has hardly got his career back on track with the Black Cats, scoring just once for the club. 

With Wigan, he won the FA Cup and took home the man of the match honour following the final, so perhaps he may be hoping that a return to familiar surroundings may help him.

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