Wigan Athletic have won the race to sign Manchester United full back Reece James, as the League One club announced the completion of a three-year-deal with the player for an undisclosed fee.
The Latics have beaten interest from both Nottingham Forest and Fulham, reportedly paying £1 million to lure the highly-rated talent.
Wigan manager Gary Caldwell said to the club’s official site: ‘’Reece is a young player with a bright future. He has been schooled by one of the best academies around and has impressed both at Under 21 level and whilst on loan.
“He is another who will strengthen competition on that left side, and has played as a full-back, or in a wing back role. Once again, there were clubs after him so we’re delighted to add him to the squad.”
The 21-year-old was awarded a professional contract at Old Trafford in 2012. He made his debut with the Red Devils against MK Dons in the League Cup last season, and went on to spend brief loan spells at Rotherham and Huddersfield Town.
A contract extension in February this year apparently signalled Louis van Gaal’s intention to give him more game time, but his omission from the squad travelling to the United States reignited speculations over his future.
The defender has joined up with his new teammates ahead of a training camp in Scotland this week.
The announcement by the Athletic came only hours after two youngsters, Jonjoe Kenny and Francisco Junior, arrived from Everton on loan.
The DW Stadium had already welcomed the arrival of eight new players this summer, as Caldwell eyes an instant return to the Sky Bet Championship.
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