Rumors of the Chicago Fire’s interest in Wigan Athletic midfielder have been circulating for quite some time now, but little had been reported in terms of significant movement in the MLS club’s pursuit of the 31-year-old.
Maloney, who’s a regular for the Scottish national team (37 appearances), has less than six months remaining on his contract with Wigan and seems destined to leave the club as injuries have routinely robbed the former Celtic man of consistent playing time and top form. Over his four seasons at Wigan, Maloney has appeared in just 63 league games — less than half of the 156 games the club has played during the same period.
According to ESPN’s Janusz Michallik, Maloney and the Fire have agreed terms on a deal that would see Maloney join the Fire at some point during the 2015 season:
Shaun Maloney did agree terms with Chicago Fire, but deal with Wigan not done yet. #cf97
— Janusz Michallik (@JanuszESPN) January 19, 2015
When, exactly, Maloney might arrive is still up in the air, however, as ESPN’s Jeffrey Carlisle expanded:
Maloney’s arrival — the sooner, the better — would be a welcome addition to a midfield which returns only Rookie of the Year candidate Harry Shipp as a surefire starter in Frank Yallop’s second season in charge.