The New York Red Bulls are currently in talks with Wigan Athletic regarding a potential transfer of Irish Winger James McClean. McClean is unhappy at Wigan after the club was relegated to League One, the third league in English football.
According to the The Sun Wigan are demanding a fee of $4 million for McClean, however according to The Belfast Telegraph the Red Bulls are reportedly willing to “close to” $1.8 million, the same amount that Wigan paid for McClean’s transfer from Sunderland.
However, McClean may not be so keen on a move to the MLS. McClean’s top priority seems to be playing for his nation, The Republic of Ireland, and it is possible that he could struggle to receive call ups if he was to make the move across the pond.
However, fellow Irishman Robbie Keane of the LA Galaxy has received call-ups for the national team during his MLS tenure and Sean St. Ledger of Orlando City SC and Kevin Doyle of the Colorado Rapids are both playing in the MLS, so the Irish presence in the league is growing.
However after finding his form this year with Wigan, winning Wigan’s player of the year, McClean will be a wanted man. He is sure to receive offers from Championship clubs after his strong season, and a Premier League move while not likely is still on the table.
Premier League side Newcastle has been linked to McClean, but the rumors are not completely reliable. Leeds United have also shown interest in McClean, likely due to the fact that former Wigan boss Uwe Rösler has just taken over the club. Finally, Orlando City also seems interested in McClean, although the Red Bulls are MLS front-runners.