James McClean looks set to join Wigan after Sunderland accepted a bid for the Republic of Ireland international winger.
McClean, 24, joined the Black Cats from Derry City in 2011 at a cost of £350,000 and was described as "one for the future" by then manager Steve Bruce. Forced to wait until December 2011 for his senior debut during Martin O’Neill’s first game in charge, McClean capped an impressive debut season by signing a new contract and winning the club’s Young Player of the Year award.
Enduring a difficult second season at the Stadium of Light, McClean was also caught up in a number of off-field controversies involving his political beliefs, most notably his refusal to wear a poppy during the club’s game against Everton in November.
Finishing the season on the fringes of the starting eleven, McClean has now been allowed to leave following the arrival of Italy international Emanuele Giaccherini and Swede David Moberg Karlsson.
Also drawing interest from Wigan’s Championship rivals Blackburn, a bid of £2 million from the Latics has been accepted, with manager Owen Coyle telling Wigan Today: "We're chasing one very good player as we speak. Whether we're able to get him in remains to be seen, but I'm certainly not finished adding to the quality we have here."