Wigan Athletic in talks with Caledonian Thistle striker McKay

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Wigan Athletic have been given permission to speak to Caledonian Thistle striker Billy McKay.

The Northern Ireland star has been allowed leave by the Scottish Premiership club to travel to the DW Stadium to discuss personal terms with a view to an immediate transfer, with a fee reported to be in the region of £150,000.

The former Northampton Town hitman could provide much-needed strike power for the Championship strugglers, having found the back of the net five times in his last five appearances for Thistle.

A Statement from Caledonian club chairman Kenny Cameron read: “Following an approach from Wigan Athletic FC late yesterday afternoon and following discussions with the management team, the board of Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC agreed to allow Billy Mckay leave to travel to DW Stadium for discussion of personal terms with a view to an immediate transfer.

“Billy has never hidden his ambition to compete at the highest possible level and has always conducted himself in a professional manner in this regard.

“We are grateful to Wigan Athletic FC for the courtesy shown in speaking to us before opening their discussions with the player.

“We are forever mindful of the risk of losing players during any transfer window and, as always, have contingency plans in place should agreement on personal terms be reached with Billy.”