Shortly after the closing of the transfer window at 6pm, Newcastle United have released an official statement confirming that Haris Vuckic has signed a contract extension.

The Slovenian striker had one year left on his contract but now he has reached agreement to be contracted until the end of the following (2016/17) season.

With the extension assumed to be simply a move to guarantee Newcastle will receive a transfer fee if/when Vuckic is sold next summer, the statement by NUFC also revealed that Haris Vuckic will spend the whole of this current season at Wigan Athletic.

The Wigan manager (and former Newcastle centre-back) Gary Calwell:

“Haris had a great season on loan at Rangers last season and he is a quality addition to our forward line, a creative player with an eye for goal.

“Newcastle rate him highly but he needs to keep progressing and is looking to play as regularly as possible. We are delighted he has chosen Wigan Athletic.”

Official Newcastle United statement


Slovenian forward Haris Vučkić has joined League One side Wigan Athletic on loan until the end of the season after signing a one-year contract extension with Newcastle United.

The 23 year-old has agreed terms to remain with the Magpies until the end of the 2016/17 season but will spend the 2015/16 campaign on loan at the DW Stadium, including any potential play-off fixtures for the Latics.

Vučkić joined Newcastle United from Slovenian PrvaLiga side NK Domžale in January 2009 and has made 20 senior appearances in all competitions during his time at St. James’ Park, scoring once.

Capped once at full international level, he has previously spent time on loan with Cardiff City in 2012, Rotherham United during the 2013/14 campaign and Glasgow Rangers last season.