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Eagles Make Deadline Day Swoop For McArthur

1 September 2014

Crystal Palace have completed their second signing of transfer deadline day by snapping up midfielder James McArthur from Wigan Athletic for an undisclosed fee. 

26-year-old McArthur has signed a three year contract and travelled down on Monday to meet up with Neil Warnock at the Beckenham Training Ground. 

Capped 15 times by Scotland, the midfielder began his career with Hamiton Academicals where he spent five years before making the move south of the border to Wigan Athletic in July 2010.

He played a major role in keeping the Latics in the Premier League during his time there, and played the full game as Wigan shocked Manchester City in the final to lift the 2013 FA Cup.

The Lancashire side were relegated at the end of that season, but McArthur stayed at the club and helped them reach the FA Cup semi-finals last season where they were beaten by Arsenal.

In November 2010 he was handed his first Scotland cap against the Faore Islands and scored his only international goal later that season against Northern Ireland.

He has been named in Gordon Strachan's squad for their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany later this week.

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