Wigan Athletic are close to signing midfielder Lewis Macleod on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old left Brentford at the end of the season and is on the verge of a move to the DW Stadium, according to journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.

Wigan are hoping to get busy in the transfer window as Paul Cook aims to bolster his squad. The Latics have so far brought in goalkeeper David Marshall on a free from Hull City and are looking for more deals. Portsmouth winger Jamal Lowe also remains on their radar.

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Macleod, who is a former Scotland Under-21 international, started his career in his native country with a brief spell at Livingston before he was snapped up by Rangers in 2004.

He rose up through the youth ranks at Ibrox and got his first team opportunities when the club went into administration in 2012. He played 74 times for the Glasgow side and chipped in with 16 goals to help his former club gain back-to-back promotions from the Scottish third tier to the Championship.

MacLeod moved to England in 2015 to join Brentford for a fee of around £1.3 million. However, he has only been able to make 43 appearances for the Bees since his move due to injuries.

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He will now be hoping to join Wigan this summer and stay fit to help Cook’s side compete higher up in the Championship than they did last season.


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