HE may well have received Wigan Athletic’s “Player of the Year” Award this week at the DW Stadium, but James McClean will NOT be dropping down into League One with the “Latics” next season.
It’s understood that a plethora clubs have already expressed an interest in signing the ex-Derry City winger with Premiership and, indeed, Championship clubs to the fore.
However, other sources in England have hinted that the Republic of Ireland international could also find himself playing Major League Soccer in America, should he be interested in such a move.
Agents representing the Creggan Heights man - who recently celebrated his 26th birthday - are believed to have been in tentative negotiations with a top MLS club discussing the possibility of a trans-Atlantic move.
And with the USA Transfer Window about to slam shut during the first two weeks of May, speculation on such a move will be confirmed sooner rather than later.
Newcastle United, expected to appoint a new boss, possibly Steve McClaren, during the close season, have been joined by Premiership newboys, Bournemouth and manager Eddie Howe is well aware of McClean’s talents on the flank.
Other clubs such as SPL champions-elect, Celtic, had been interested that potential move floundered when “The Bhoys” failed to land the player on loan during the January Transfer Window.
However, there are also a growing number of fasionable Championship clubs keen to test the market with Wolves, Nottingham Forest and Leeds United among others interested should the Derry man wish to move on.
McClean is also expected to be Wigan’s top scorer with six goals last season, describing the campaign as “brutal” given that the club had been favourites to return to the top flight.