Departures set to be confirmed

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JAMES McClean’s departure from Wigan Athletic is expected to go through on Monday.

The Republic of Ireland international will move to West Brom after the clubs agreed a fee of around £1.5m last week.

The Baggies open their Premier League campaign on August 8 at home to Manchester City, and the game would mark the 26-year-old’s first appearance in the top flight since he was in the Sunderland team which avoided relegation by finishing one place above Latics in the 2012-13 season.

McClean joined Latics in August 2013, and scored 11 goals from 87 appearances.

He was also voted the club’s player of the season last year.

Meanwhile, Rangers boss Mark Warburton labelled Rob Kiernan “exactly the kind of player I want to attract” after confirming the former Republic of Ireland under-21 will become his first signing for the club this week.

Kiernan’s departure from the DW is expected to be confirmed either today or tomorrow, after the defender was rumoured to be north of the border over the weekend to thrash out the personal terms of his deal.

After a deal to join Birmingham City fell through, Rangers moved in with an undisclosed offer which was accepted by Latics.

Warburton told Herald Scotland: “For a defender, he’s technically excellent and at 6ft 3in has a real athletic presence.

“He has proved his credentials in the English Championship but most importantly is still young enough to develop and to be improved.”

The Scottish Championship side are still looking for a return to the top flight after finishing third in last season’s campaign, and Warburton feels the addition of Kiernan will benefit the club in the long term.

“That’s exactly the kind of player we are looking to bring to Ibrox because what we want to build here is a team for the future,” he said.

“Our plans are a great deal more than a short- term fix and I’d like the Rangers fans to know this.

“We want to give them a team that plays the game a certain way and is exciting to watch. To do that we need young, hungry, talented players who have the potential to develop.”

Latics continue to be linked with Leeds United striker Billy Sharp, with Sheffield United also understood to be in the running for his signature. United’s Matt Done could move across the Pennines to the DW.