Crystal Palace break club transfer record to sign Championship star

The former Wigan Athletic midfielder James McArthur has signed for Crystal Palace for a club record transfer fee of £7 million, reports the Daily Mail. McArthur becomes Neil Warnock’s third summer transfer, behind Wilfried Zaha and Zeki Freyers.

The 26 year old McArthur has joined on a three year contract, making the step up from the Championship to the Premier League. The Scotland international has been with Wigan for four seasons, three in the Premier League and one in the Championship, but has decided that it is the right time to move onto a fresh start.

He was part of the side that was relegated into the second tier of English football at the end of the 2012-13 campaign under Roberto Martinez, but has otherwise enjoyed a successful career with Wigan personally. Having moved to the side from Hamilton, he has generated an impressive reputation in English football.

McArthur will come into the Palace side having scored 11 times in 151 appearances for Wigan. He is a player who is noted for his passing ability, as well as his strength and positional awareness. As Palace look to build upon an encouraging season last time out, the signing of McArthur and the fee that ha been paid is a real statement of intent by the club.

Updated: September 2, 2014 — 2:15 pm
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