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James McClean is desperate to stay on Martin's radar

James McClean
James McClean

By Stuart McKinley

Former Derry City winger James McClean could be heading Stateside this summer.

The 26-year-old has indicated that he wishes to leave Wigan Athletic after their relegation to League One - just two seasons after they fell out of the Premier League - and two Major League Soccer clubs have him on their radar.

Republic of Ireland international McClean is believed to have already travelled to the USA since the season ended to meet with officials of New York Red Bull to discuss a possible transfer.

If a deal with the Red Bulls fails to materialise McClean could still end up playing in the MLS as new franchise Orlando City are also keen to sign him.

One potential stumbling block in the transfer could be that McClean has another 12 months remaining on his contract with the Latics.

New York Red Bull are, however, understood to be ready to pay a fee close to the £1.2m that took him from Sunderland in August 2013.

Leeds United has also been mentioned as a possible destination for McClean, but it seems a move across the Atlantic is more likely.

One of McClean's main reasons for wanting to leave Wigan is his fear that playing in the third tier of English football would affect his international career.

Playing in America shouldn't be an issue as Republic captain Robbie Keane is now is his fourth year with LA Galaxy and Kevin Doyle is now playing for Colorado Rapids.

Shaun Maloney also remains part of Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad after joining Chicago Fire earlier this year.

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