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Sunderland accept bid for James McClean

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Sunderland have accepted an undisclosed bid from Wigan Athletic for James McClean, according to reports. 

The Republic of Ireland international has been given permission to travel to the northwest for talks with Owen Coyle. 

The Irish winger has been told he will not be part of manager Paolo Di Canio's plans for next season and is free to leave the Stadium of Light.

The 24-year-old had also attracted attention from Scottish champions Celtic, along with Blackburn and Queens Park Rangers but looks destined for the DW Stadium. 

McClean was signed by former manager Martin O'Neill from Derry City in 2011 and made an instant impact, which was followed up by international appearances with the Republic of Ireland, rather than his native Northern Ireland.

The Irishman controversy refused to wear a poppy on is shirt during the match against Everton that fell on Remembrance weekend. O'Neill criticised the youngster for using social networking site Twitter.

McClean went on to make 70 appearances for the Black Cats, scoring 11 goals, before falling out of favour. 

Coyle has seen plenty of new players arrive at the club as Wigan set their sights at returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking. 

Grant Holt, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Scott Carson are a few new faces at the DW.


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