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Winger undergoes Stoke City medical as £5m move edges closer

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West Brom winger James McClean has undergone a medical at Stoke City with a view to completing his £5m switch this weekend.

The 29-year old faces an internal disciplinary procedure at the Hawthorns after refusing to attend their training camp earlier in the month.

McClean joined the Baggies for a fee of £1.5m from Wigan three years ago and has gone on to make 111 appearances in all competitions, scoring five times. He was unable to stop them slipping out of the top flight last season.

He started his career in Ireland with Institute and Derry City, before negotiating with Lincoln City, a move he pulled out of as he felt homesick.

Two years later he was over his bout of homesickness, joining Sunderland for a fee thought to be around £350,000.

The Republic of Ireland international will become Stoke’s fourth signing of the summer following the arrivals of Benik Afobe, Adam Federici and Oghenekaro Etebo.

The Verdict

McClean is an interesting choice for the Potters, a controversial character who seems to make headlines for the wrong reasons just as many times as the right ones.

He does have five seasons of Premier League experience, as well as having played in the Championship, so he could be a big player for stoke next season, if he remains motivated and focused.

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