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James McClean | Midfielder

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/22/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 150

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WBA starters v STFC: Myhill; Gardner, McAuley, Lescott, Brunt; McClean, Fletcher ©, Morrison, McManaman; Anichebe, Berahino #wba #COYB
Hard to know exactly what's going on here with the match not available on US television. This line-up features six guys who typically play in midfield and only two recognized defenders in Lescott and McAuley. Dawson and Olsson are missing from the bench as well so it might be nothing more than rest or minor knocks causing an odd pre-season line-up. Jul 25 - 9:48 AM

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Tony Pulis has nabbed his second Wigan winger in as many transfer windows with the acquisition of James McClean from the Latics on a three year deal with a club option for a fourth.

Tony Pulis must have thought highly of Wigan's wide play over the last couple of years because he has now imported a former Latic for each wing with McClean joining Callum McManaman at the Hawthorns. The former Sunderland left-sided midfielder enjoyed some success in the Premier League before dipping down to the Championship with Wigan. He scored 11 goals in 70 appearances for the Black Cats and 9 in 73 for Wigan. No word on how, if at all, this impacts Pulis' rumored interest in QPR's Matt Phillips.
Jun 22 - 3:18 PM

Tony Pulis is targeting his second Wigan player this year with the Republic of Ireland winger James McClean believed to be on his way to the Hawthorns.

Pulis made Callum McManaman his first Baggies’ signing back in January - $7 million – and now McClean looks set to join his former team mate after the two sides agreed a deal believed to be in the region of $2 million. McClean does have BPL experience enjoying 2-years on Wearside, the Irishman won Player of the Year for Sunderland during his first season under Martin O’Neill but his relationship with the club soon soured following his refusal to wear a poppy [on his shirt] during remembrance weekend back in April 2013 – the only player in England to do so. The final straw came with the arrival of new coach Paolo Di Canio whom McClean described as a "dictator" and the player pushed through a $3.5 million move to the Latics at the beginning of the 2013/14 season.
Jun 17 - 5:20 AM

Championship side Wigan are close signing James McClean after Sunderland accepted an undisclosed fee for the Republic of Ireland winger.

After an impressive debut campaign in 2011-12 McClean was extremely disappointing last season and struggled to hold down a place in the side - often not making the bench. There had been reports that Paolo Di Canio was going to give him another shot for the coming season, but after in huge influx of new midfield players at the Stadium of Light it seems the 24-year old was deemed surplus to requirements. Charis Mavrias could be the man to replace him, with Sunderland linked to the young Greek winger throughout the summer.
Source: BBC Sport
Wed, Aug 7, 2013 09:39:00 AM

Greece winger Charis Mavrias is set to become Paolo Di Canio’s 10th summer signing.

Mavrias is only 19-years-old but the wide-man is highly rated in Greece and has already won two caps for the senior national side. With James McLean rumoured to be leaving the club this summer, Sunderland will need another winger in the squad and Mavrias' pace, dribbling skills and vision seem to fit the bill.
Source: The Sun
Wed, Jul 31, 2013 05:03:00 AM

James McClean has admitted he is not sure what will happen over the summer but he is keen to stay at Sunderland.

After an impressive debut campaign in 2011-12 McClean was disappointing last season and struggled to hold down a place in the side, but it seems he wants to fight for his place at Sunderland. There is no doubt he could be a big asset for Di Canio if he can regain his form and with a lack of creative options in the side the Republic of Ireland winger may be given another chance.
Source: Sky Sports
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 04:47:00 AM

The Daily Star report that Sunderland are on verge of signing Basle defensive midfielder Cabral on a four-year deal.

Cabral is out of contract in June so Sunderland would not need to pay a fee for the Swiss Under-21 star. The same article claims that Di Canio is also interested in Celtic striker Gary Hooper and could use winger James McClean in a cash-plus-player deal.
Tue, May 28, 2013 07:56:00 AM