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By ESPN Staff
Jul 26, 2011

McClean interests Wigan

James McClean is attracting interest from Wigan Athletic, according to Derry City chairman Philip O'Doherty.

The Latics are in the market for wide midfielders after agreeing a fee to sell Charles N'Zogbia to Aston Villa and seeing Tom Cleverley return to Manchester United after the end of his loan spell.

Whether the 22-year-old McClean could fill the subsequent void remains to be seen, especially as it seemed the player was on his way to Championship side Peterborough before failing to agree a contract.

"The club and Peterborough had agreed a package but it has broken down due to personal terms,'' O'Doherty told the Derry Journal. "But sometimes these things seem like they've broken down when they haven't.

"Wigan, even though they haven't made a formal offer, are interested and being kept up to date by the agent.

"They had expressed a serious interest in James, they spent a lot of time checking him out and they may well rekindle their interest now N'Zogbia's gone.''

McClean has represented Northern Ireland's U-21 squad, although he has yet to make an appearance at senior level.

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