Wigan offer for Derry’s McClean imminent

Airtricity League XI Training, Aviva Stadium 29/7/2011'Airtricity League's James McClean training at the Aviva Stadium'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Morgan Treacy
Airtricity League XI Training, Aviva Stadium 29/7/2011'Airtricity League's James McClean training at the Aviva Stadium'Mandatory Credit �INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Charles N’Zogbia’s move from Wigan to Aston Villa has cleared the way for Atheltic to make an offer to Derry City for James McClean.

Wigan were one of a number of clubs watching the classy winger playing with the Airtricity League XI in Dublin over the weekend.

And Derry chairman Philip O’Doherty says now that the Peterborough move has fallen through it is only a matter of time before another English club makes an offer for the 22 year-old.

“I met with Kevin Reeves recently and at that time they were tied up with sorting out Charles N’Zogbia’s future but now that that deal has gone through there may be movement,” he said.

“We haven’t had an official approach for James since then but there are a lot of clubs watching James in Dublin.

“So we are waiting to see if someone comes forward.”

McClean’s moved to Peterborough broke down despite the fact that the clubs had agreed a fee of around £275,000 for the player.

The deal broke down over personal requirements, with Peterborough blaming the player’s agent.

“He was only interested in securing his own 10 percent rather than looking after his players,” United chairman Barry Fry told the Peterborough Evening News this week.

“We were offering the young player the chance to play Championship football and he seemed to think he was dealing with Manchester United not Peterborough United.”

Everton are another club believed to be interested in singing McClean and O’Doherty says they are more or less resigned to losing him.

“There’s no doubt that sometimes James is worth the price of admission to the Brandywell on his own,” he said.

“The player wants to do the best for himself and push himself and he wants to go to England.

“We are not going to hold out for a silly fee for him, but we have to do what is right for Derry City Football Club.”