Crystal Palace agree record fee for Wigan’s James McArthur

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Crystal Palace are set to break their transfer record for the second year in a row after agreeing a fee with Wigan for James McArthur.

The Eagles, who recently welcomed Neil Warnock back to Selhurst Park, saw current record signing in Dwight Gayle net his fourth goal for the club at the weekend but with a £7m+ deal agreed McArthur is set to be  the star man at the club.

The Scottish international has played over 150 games for the Latics and has continued to impress in the Championship despite the DW Stadium outfit’s unsuccessful attempts to regain top flight status.

The 26-year-old appeared destined for a move to Leicester earlier this week but the Foxes cooled their interest after bagging former Argentine international Esteban Cambiasso.

The deal is still subject to a medical and personal terms being agreed but the fee will represent a good bit of business for Wigan, who snapped the midfielder up from Hamilton Academicals for just £500,000 in 2010.

Palace, who snatched a last-minute 3-3 draw at St James’ Park at the weekend are the even money favourites to take all three points at home to Burnley next time out – a price that will surely shorten if McArthur arrives.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.