Wigan Athletic sign Celtic striker

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Updated: August 31, 2011

Wigan Athletic have agreed a fee of £1m for Celtic striker Shaun Maloney.

The deal has not been fully finalised but personal terms are not thought likely to be an obstacle for the 28-year-old who must also pass a medical.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan said: “The lad is interested in coming to play in the Premier League, that’s for sure.”

Maloney has had a previous spell in English Premier League, joining Aston Villa from Celtic in January 2007 but returned the following August for £2.5m.

Roberto Martinez is sure Maloney can be a success second time around.

“Roberto is a big fan of Scottish football lads,” the chairman told BBC Scotland. “He knows they’ve got a big heart and he knows they fight.

“And, once they adjust to the pace of the Premier League, we’ve had some very good lads from Scotland.

“Roberto is an excellent judge of football and footballers.

“If Roberto says to me that he thinks this lad can make it, I am 99 per cent sure that the lad can make it.”

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