Jamie McGrath: Dundee United 'win race' for Wigan midfielder as Aberdeen chief Dave Cormack takes to Twitter to put out his side of story

Dundee United have won the race to sign Irish attacking midfielder Jamie McGrath, according to reports.

Jamie McGrath is likely to seal a loan move from Wigan Athletic to Dundee United.
Jamie McGrath is likely to seal a loan move from Wigan Athletic to Dundee United.

Both the Scottish Sun and the Daily Record claim that the former St Mirren is set to join the Tangerines on loan despite a move to Aberdeen appearing likely.

Dons manager Jim Goodwin, who worked with McGrath at St Mirren, was keen to land the Republic of Ireland internationalist, but he is now expected to join Dundee United on a season-long loan.

Aberdeen owner Dave Cormack took to Twitter to set the record straight on some media reports, writing: “To clarify some media we rejected a loan player who wanted to come to Aberdeen due to their club’s demands. Good players should be good value.”

McGrath, 25, is a goalscoring midfielder and impressed when at the Buddies. He almost joined Hibs last year, when current United boss Jack Ross was at the helm at Easter Road, but a complex transfer involving Scott Allan and Drey Wright fell through.

Ross has already signed goalkeeper Mark Birighitti, left-back Aziz Behich, midfielders Dylan Levitt and Craig Sibbald, plus forward Steven Fletcher, but has made no secret of his desire for more players.