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Wigan's James McClean set to seal West Brom switch

By Robert Jones

West Brom are closing in on Wigan's James McClean after agreeing a fee with the Latics.

The Baggies have had an offer of £1.5million accepted with the winger set to become boss Tony Pulis' first summer signing.

McClean, from Londonderry, turned down the chance to play for Northern Ireland and pledged his allegiance to the Republic of Ireland.

The 26-year-old will now link up with Northern Ireland duo Gareth McAuley and Chris Brunt at the Hawthorns.

Wigan are preparing for life in Sky Bet League One after they were relegated from the Sky Bet Championship last season.

McClean failed to save them from the drop despite scoring six times while playing under three managers.

The former Derry City ace netted 10 goals in 86 games since moving from Sunderland in 2013.

Pulis has targeted the wide areas to strengthen the Baggies after they finished 13th in last season's Premier League.

McClean will be the second Wigan winger to move to the Hawthorns this year after Callum McManaman's January switch.

Aston Villa have announced the signing of defender Micah Richards, who will join on a four-year deal from Manchester City on July 1.

The 26-year-old defender will officially join the club on a free transfer after his Manchester City contract expires.

New Rangers boss Mark Warburton hopes to make Wigan defender Rob Kiernan his first Ibrox signing after having an "undisclosed bid" for the 24-year-old accepted.

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