Wigan Athletic do have a chance of signing Sunderland’s Callum McManaman according to a report from journalist Alan Nixon.
McManaman signed for Sunderland in 2017 with the hope that his pace and ability could help the Black Cats get promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Unfortunately for them, that did not happen. It was a disastrous year for the Wearside club as they slumped to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship and would suffer a double relegation. During this year, McManaman would score one goal in 24 appearances.
Now that Sunderland are in Sky Bet League One, they are trying to get rid of their high earners due to the much reduced revenue they will get in this league. And McManaman is one of the players that they are keen to get rid of. That caused Wigan to be interested in him. This was where McManaman made his name especially with the form that got the Latics to the FA Cup Final and eventual upset victory over Manchester City in the final. Despite being a fan favourite, he would leave in 2015 for West Bromwich Albion.
While these reports have been around for a while, they usually have the caveat that Wigan would most likely not be able to afford his wages. But now Alan Nixon has said that this move is a real possibility meaning that either Wigan have moved some things around in their budget so they can afford his wages or McManaman is willing to take a serious pay cut to return to the DW Stadium.