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Saturday 10 December 2016

McClean ready to seal Baggies deal

IRELAND star James McClean will complete his £1.5million move to West Brom - and seal a return to the Premier League - in the next 24 hours once he can agree personal terms.

McClean had stated his desire to leave Wigan following their relegation from the Championship and his preference was to play in the Premier League again. A number of clubs had been linked with the Derry native but Baggies boss Tony Pulis has been given the ok to seal a £1.5m move for McClean and the two clubs agreed a fee last night, after two earlier bids were rejected by the Latics.

McClean, 26, was Wigan's top scorer in their ill-fated Championship season and was also voted as the club's player of the year but he stressed his desire to leave the club to keep his international ambitions alive.

International team-mate David Forde is following developments with McClean as the Millwall man is also keen to avoid League One football next term, and the Lions have said they will not stand in the way of Forde if a move is available.

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