West Bromwich Albion have successfully completed the signing of Wigan Athletic winger James McClean, confirming the deal on their official website.
The Irishman had been heavily linked with the move to the Midlands since the end of the season and the deal ends almost a week of contract negotiations after Albion’s bid was accepted last Thursday.
26-year-old McClean joined Wigan from Sunderland in 2013 and went on to make over 85 appearances for the club, scoring 10 goals.
He made 36 league appearances for the Latics last term but couldn’t save the club from relegation to League One and has seemingly jumped at the chance to return to the Premier League.
He has joined Tony Pulis’ side for an undisclosed fee, agreeing a three-year deal with the option of a fourth year.
Speaking to West Brom’s official website following the announcement of the deal, McClean expressed his delight at having finally completed the switch.
“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,” he said.
“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.
“He also told me he has a great dressing room, it’s been a stable club – but he’s made it clear he wants to push this club on. I’m very ambitious. Everything about this move seems right for me – I’m very positive about it.
“Once the Albion came in this was a move I was keen to get done – this is a big club and a new chapter for me.”
Wigan fans… What do you make of this news? Are you disappointed to see James McClean leave your club? How will this effect your chances of gaining an immediate return to the Championship next term? Let us know what you think in the comments below!