CALLUM McManaman has completed his move to West Bromwich Albion.
The 23-year-old, who won the man-of-the-match award in the 2013 FA Cup Final leaves the DW Stadium for an undisclosed fee.
It was reported McManaman travelled to the Midlands for a medical yesterday and with the deal done, manager Malky Mackay insists it is in the best interests of the club.
“Callum is a fantastic talent and again we found ourselves in a position of having to make a decision regarding a major player in our squad,” he said.
“There’s been a lot of interest in Callum over the last few weeks, but I have made it clear that we need a squad of hungry players who are 100% focused and committed to the job here. There comes a point where you have to do what’s best in terms of the player progressing in his career and what is financially the most beneficial for the club.
“We said from the outset that Callum would only be allowed to leave the club on the right financial terms for the long-term benefit of Wigan Athletic.”
A product of Latics’ academy, Mackay pointed to the club’s ability to produce talent, and has high hopes for more stars to take the same route into the first team.
“In that respect, to lose Callum is a bittersweet day for the club because although we are losing a very talented player, it does give evidence that there is an effective youth system in place here, which is getting better all the time,” Mackay added.
“Callum leaves with our best wishes in his future career.”