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Wigan secure deal for McCann

Owen Coyle has secured his first signing as Wigan manager after agreeing the free transfer of midfielder Chris McCann from Burnley.

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Chris McCann: Played under Owen Coyle at Burnley

Chris McCann: Played under Owen Coyle at Burnley

The 25-year-old officially becomes a Wigan player on July 1, having signed a three-year deal, and will be reunited with Coyle who worked with him during his spell as Clarets boss.

A number of clubs from the Premier League and Championship were believed to be interested in McCann, but Wigan won the race for his signature.

"I'm delighted to bring a player of Chris' ability to the club, and he'll bring real strength to the group ahead of a demanding season," said Coyle.

"He's a powerful, attacking midfielder who scores goals, plays from box-to-box and isn't scared to put his foot in when it comes to winning the ball back.

"I had the pleasure of working with him at Burnley, and on a number of occasions we turned down some big-money bids for him, such was his importance to the team and the integral role he played in helping the club win promotion to the Premier League at a young age.

"He's still young in football-terms, has plenty to offer and I hope to see him playing a big role at Wigan Athletic."

McCann made 238 league appearances for Burnley between 2005 and 2013 and scored 27 times, following his arrival from Home Farm.

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