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LATICS SIGN JOSH McEACHRAN

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11:10 23rd January 2014

Gaffer hails England Under-21 midfielder loan deal as ‘real scoop’

Wigan Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of Chelsea and England Under-21 midfielder Josh McEachran on loan until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old becomes Uwe Rosler’s third signing after Tyias Browning and Nicky Maynard, and is eligible to play in this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round clash against Crystal Palace at the DW Stadium.

Rosler said: “This is a big scoop or us. There’s no doubt Josh is a huge young talent, and we have worked really hard to convince him and Chelsea this is the right place for him to be for the rest of the season.

“I thank everyone for their efforts in making the move happen.  Hopefully, we will be able to help each other, he can bring something to our team and we can help in the development of one of the country’s finest young talents.”

McEachran began the campaign on loan at fellow Championship side Watford, making seven league appearances for the Hornets under Gianfranco Zola before returning to Stamford Bridge.

At Middlesbrough last season, the midfielder became a regular in the starting line-up and made 38 league appearances, heading to Israel at the end of the campaign to represent England in the European Under-21 Championships.

His previous loan spell was at Swansea City, making four league appearances in the Premier League during the 2011/12 season.

For his parent club, Chelsea, McEachran made his debut in September 2010 against Zilna in the Champions League, debuting in the league ten days later against Manchester City, and has made eleven league appearances for the Blues in total. He has 13 caps for England Under-21s.

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