Stoke City have been installed new favourites to sign West Bromwich Albion and Republic of Ireland winger James McClean this summer. The winger was relegated with the Baggies this season and is expected to leave the club this summer.
Despite Stoke being clear favourites, they face slight competition from Scottish Premier League champions Celtic, with the Hoops having more chance to sign the Republic of Ireland international.
McClean first moved to England back in 2011, when he was signed by Sunderland, who were at the time in the Premier League, for a reported fee of £350,000. McClean made the move across the sea, joining from his hometown team Derry City.
The Irishman appeared 59 times for Sunderland, scoring seven goals in the process before he joined Sky Bet Championship side Wigan Athletic in 2013.
He performed well for the Latics, scoring nine times in 73 games. His displays earned him his move back to the Premier League in 2015, when he joined the Baggies for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.5 million.
He performed well for Wigan,scoring nine times in 73 games. His displays earned him his move back to the Premier League in 2015, when he joined the Baggies for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.5 million.
Since then, the player has been a regular in the West Brom side, making just shy of 100 appearances for the Baggies. In total, the winger has 158 top flight England football appearances.
His contract at West Brom expires at the end of 2019, but he struggled to make an impact on the team following Darren Moore’s appointment, so he is expected to move on and leave the club this summer.