McManaman set for Latics exit

Callum McManaman in action against Huddersfield
Callum McManaman in action against Huddersfield

CALLUM McManaman looks set to become the latest Wigan Athletic FA Cup hero to leave the club in the January transfer window with West Brom his likely destination.

The Evening Post understands that although a deal with the Baggies isn’t yet in place, it now looks likely that the winger has played his last game for the club.

McManaman will be the fourth player to head through the exit door in the last month, following the departures of Roger Espinoza, Ben Watson and Shaun Maloney.

A number of clubs have been sniffing around the 23-year-old with QPR boss Harry Redknapp in attendance at Wigan’s 1-0 defeat to Huddersfield on Saturday.

An academy product at Latics, McManaman has flown through the ranks at the DW Stadium with his career highlight undoubtedly coming on May 11, 2013 when he was man of the match in the FA Cup final victory.

Manager Malky Mackay has only added one new face to his squad during the transfer window in Liam Ridgewell but he could swell that number in the coming days with the possible additions of Jason Pearce from Leeds and Chris Herd from Aston Villa.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that the Latics boss is set to be cleared following an investigation into texts he exchanged while manager of Cardiff City.

Mackay has been the subject of much controversy over the messages between him and Iain Moody that were of a racist, sexist and homophobic nature during the pair’s time at the South Wales club.