Red Bulls to pay £1.2m to beat Leeds and Newcastle to Irish winger – report

New York Red Bulls are prepared to pay £1.2 million ($1.8 million) to land Wigan Athletic winger James McClean this summer, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

McClean is a man in demand. The Irishman is set to leave the club following relegation to League One and could be on his way stateside after already meeting with the Red Bulls early last month.

Orlando City are also being linked with a move for the former Sunderland man but the Red Bulls look to be in the driving seat if he decides to become the latest Irishman to make the move to MLS.

Robbie Keane has been in America for a few years, while Kevin Doyle recently joined the Colorado Rapids and Sean St Ledger is with Orlando.

McClean’s only worry with a move to MLS is believed to be that he may limit his chances with the Republic of Ireland national team, but Keane has proved that you can still get international call-ups while playing across the pond.

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Newcastle and Leeds are also being linked with the 26-year-old attacker, with the Premier League the player’s preferred choice.

The Magpies could move for him if Steve McClaren is appointed as the new manager this summer, according to the Daily Star, and so it seems McClean is going to have a tough choice to make.

He still has one year left on his current Wigan deal and so a transfer fee will be required, though the Red Bulls look set to offer the Latics the same amount of money they paid to sign McClean from Sunderland in 2013.

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Is this former Sunderland man on his way to MLS?

Wigan Athletic‘s James McClean has attracted interest from a number of clubs, including New York Red Bulls, and a move away from the Latics is looking likely after their relegation from The Championship.

McClean caught the eye of Sunderland fans in 2011/12 and his performances saw him named Young Player of the Season during his first season with the Premier League club.

The 26-year-old winger picked up Wigan’s player of the year but is reportedly looking for a new challenge and Major League Soccer is a possibility. Rumours of a move have been ignited once again by onceuponametro.com.

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A fresh start for McClean could be exactly what he needs as he has affiliations with attitude problems earlier in his career.

McClean is naturally a left-winger and a move to NYRB would see him come up against Republic of Ireland counterpart, Robbie Keane.

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