McClean completes Baggies switch

James McClean
James McClean

JAMES McClean has finally completed his transfer from Wigan Athletic to West Brom.

The Irishman, Wigan’s player of the year and leading goalscorer last term, has moved to the Hawthorns on a three-year deal for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.5million.

He joins up again with Callum McManaman, who made the same move in the January transfer window.

“I’m delighted,” McClean told the Baggies’ official website. “I’ve played in the Premier League before and not only am I back here, but I’m with a stable top flight club and one that wants to push on.

“The Premier League is where any player wants to be. Everything about this move seems right for me - I’m very positive about it.

“Once the Albion came in this was a move I was keen to get done - this is a big club and a new chapter for me.”

Baggies boss Tony Pulis was delighted to get his man after a determined chase to kick-off his summer spending.

“James has had a couple of indifferent years with Wigan but he did well at Sunderland and we’re very pleased to have him on board,” said Pulis.

“I am absolutely confident that he can fulfil the potential to come back and be a big player for us.

“He’s got pace, he’s left-footed - so he gives us a good balance in the side - and he can score goals.”

Latics chairman David Sharpe admitted the Ireland international leaves with the best wishes of everyone at the DW Stadium.

“All transfers must serve the long term financial benefit of Wigan Athletic, and after West Bromwich Albion met our valuation on James, he was given permission to discuss personal terms,” said Sharpe.

“We thank him for his efforts for Wigan Athletic and wish him all the best in his future career.”