James McClean: West Brom sign Wigan winger for about £1.5m

McClean delighted with Premier League return

West Bromwich Albion have signed Republic of Ireland winger James McClean from Wigan for about £1.5m.

McClean has scored 11 goals in 87 appearances for the Latics and was voted player of the year last season as they were relegated to League One.

He said: "This is a big club and a new chapter for me."

The 26-year-old played for Derry City in Northern Ireland and signed for Sunderland in August 2011, before joining Wigan in August 2013.

McClean has signed a three-year deal with Tony Pulis' side, with the club having 12-month option.

He told the club website:external-link "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.

"Tony Pulis told me what his plans were, where I would fit in. He also told me he has a great dressing room.

"I'm very ambitious. Everything about this move seems right for me - I'm very positive about it."

The Baggies finished 13th in the Premier League last season, nine points above the relegation zone.

"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."

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