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Chicago Fire looking to bring in Shaun Maloney to MLS as designated player

Chicago Fire‘s search for talent is ongoing and the club appear to have identified Wigan Athletic midfielder Shaun Maloney as a man worthy of a designated player contract.

The Scotland star netted a sensational winner in last week’s Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland, and is reportedly being offered a big-money contract if he chooses to join Chicago Fire this offseason.

The 31-year-old’s contract with Wigan is set to expire next summer, and that means the Latics may have to cash in now if the Fire come calling.

New boss Malky Mackay is keen to keep Maloney at the club as he looks to guide Wigan out of the Championship relegation-zone, but the player has reportedly expressed a desire to play in MLS.

Chicago endured a poor season in 2014 and won the tied-lowest number of games with just six wins. A player of Maloney’s calibre would inject so much life into an attack that only scored 41 goals this year.

The former Celtic star won 13 trophies during his time in Scotland and then won the FA Cup with Wigan in 2013 as they beat Manchester City against all odds. His experience will undoubtedly help the side.

He would be a great addition to Frank Yallop’s side and would be able to help the development of players such as MLS Rookie of the Year candidate Harry Shipp.

The Fire are expected to make numerous changes to their roster this winter, and bringing in Shaun Maloney would certainly be a good bit of business.

Would you like to see Shaun Maloney make the move to MLS?

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About Louis East (1162 Articles)
Editor of MLSGB.com. Premier League and MLS reporter.

2 Comments on Chicago Fire looking to bring in Shaun Maloney to MLS as designated player

  1. No. He’s 31. Build a young exciting squad, not someone who’s past his best days.

  2. Fair point. Need some experienced heads in amongst young talent though and Maloney would provide that, as well as goals. Dangerous player who would definitely improve the Fire were he to make the move.

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