Sunderland seal deal for Wigan’s Will Grigg

League One outfit Sunderland have this morning confirmed the signing of striker Will Grigg from Wigan Athletic.

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Grigg, a 27-year-old Northern Irish international, had been on the books of Wigan since 2015, when the Latics secured his signing from Brentford.

And Grigg has since gone on to establish himself as something of a cult hero at the DW Stadium.

All told, across 150 Wigan appearances over the last 3-and-a-half years, the former Birmingham City youth notched 65 goals, playing a crucial role in the club’s title-winning campaign last time out.

However, the current season, much like the 2016/17 campaign, has season Grigg largely-struggle for form in the Championship.

Across 18 months in the second-tier of English football, the Northern Irishman managed just 9 league goals for Wigan.

This comes in stark contrast to Griggs’ goalscoring exploits in League One, with the 2015-16 and 2017-18 seasons combined having seen the 27-year-old rack up 44 goals.

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WIGAN, ENGLAND – APRIL 28: Will Grigg of Wigan Athletic reacts during the Sky Bet League One match between Wigan Athletic and A.F.C. Wimbledon at DW Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

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As such, as per the aforementioned announcement on the part of Sunderland this morning, Griggs is set to be handed the chance to rediscover his prolific form in League One yet again imminently, after the Black Cats secured a deal to sign the hitman moments before the close of the January transfer window last night.

Griggs has put pen to paper on a 3-and-a-half year deal at the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland having splashed out a fee of £4 million to clinch his signature:

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