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James McClean joins Wigan on three-year deal

Updated: Thursday, 08 Aug 2013 17:55 | Comments

James McClean joined Sunderland from Derry City in 2011
James McClean joined Sunderland from Derry City in 2011

Wigan have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland international winger James McClean from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

McClean becomes the Latics' 10th signing of the summer, as manager Owen Coyle bids for the FA Cup holders to return to the top flight at the first attempt.

Wigan, who will face Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday, confirmed McClean passed his medical yesterday and inked terms on a three-year deal this morning.

"I'm delighted to be signing, it's happened very quickly but as soon as I found out the gaffer was interested I wanted to come," he said.

"You can see this is a club moving in the right direction again and I can't wait to be a part of that."

The winger has earned 12 international caps and joins fellow Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy at the DW Stadium.

"I know James McCarthy very well and he's said only good things about the place so I'm really looking forward to getting started and meeting everyone."

McClean burst on to the scene under then-Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill in the 2011/12 season and scored his first goal for the club against Wigan.

However, he found himself marginalised under current manager Paolo Di Canio, paving the way for his transfer.

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