An ‘exclusive’ is claimed today by The Star, who report that Newcastle are supposedly looking to buy James McLean for £4m from Wigan.

The former Sunderland winger turns 26 on Wednesday and is currently busy helping Wigan slip into League One, the former Premier League club odds on favourites to go down as they look a hopeless case.

Speaking of hopeless, McLean has spent two seasons in the Championship with Wigan since his £2m move from the mackems.

His two claims to fame so far in his career appear to be that he wasn’t even good enough for a shocking Sunderland side, as well as the fact that every time Remembrance Day comes around, James McLean refuses to wear a shirt with a poppy on it.

Needless to say, when John Carver has been bragging about all the great players Newcastle have lined up for the summer, the likes of James McLean isn’t exactly who fans would have had in mind, if they’d actually taken any notice of John Carver…

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