Maloney heading for exit

Shaun Maloney
Shaun Maloney

SHAUN Maloney looks to have played his last game for Wigan Athletic after the club accepted an improved bid from Leicester City.

The Foxes had seen their first offer rejected, but succeeded at the second attempt for a fee believed to be in the region of £1million.

Maloney, who turns 32 next week, will complete his return to the Premier League subject to his medical and personal terms being agreed.

He’ll become Wigan’s second big-name departure of the transfer window, following Roger Espinoza’s return to the MLS with Sporting Kansas City.

Maloney joined Wigan in the summer of 2011 from Celtic, and playing a major role in keeping the club up in his first season with a sparkling series of performances in the run-in - including an eye-catching winning goal against Manchester United.

Although Latics were relegated from the Premier League the following year, Maloney swept the board at the Player of the Year night after providing the inch-perfect corner for Ben Watson to win the FA Cup.

Last season was a nightmare for the Scotland man, who missed over half the campaign after undergoing serious hip surgery in September.

Since his return, he has struggled to reproduce his outstanding international form at club level, managing only two goals this term against Fulham and Middlesbrough.