Rotherham United: Wigan agree fee for James Tavernier

James Tavernier (right) with Rotherham boss Steve Evans after the Millers' League One Play Off Final success
James Tavernier (right) with Rotherham boss Steve Evans after the Millers' League One Play Off Final success
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Wigan have agreed a fee with Newcastle for defender James Tavernier who spent the majority of last season on loan at Rotherham.

The 22 year-old was one of the Millers’ stand out performers after making the switch to the New York Stadium in November and helped guide Steve Evans’ men to that unforgettable League One Play Off Final victory over Leyton Orient at Wembley, booking a place in the Championship.

Rotherham were keen on keeping hold of Bradford-born Tavernier whose consistent displays in 31 appearances, which included five goals, caught the eye of many admirers but it appears, at this stage, as though Uwe Rosler has won the race to sign the right back.

Tavernier made nine senior appearances for Newcastle including Europa League starts against Atromitos, Bruges and Bordeaux, but his only two Barclays Premier League matches came in two outings as a substitute the season before last.

He had loan spells at Gateshead, Carlisle, Sheffield Wednesday, MK Dons and Shrewsbury as well as Rotherham.