Crystal Palace have signed midfielder James McArthur from Wigan for an undisclosed fee believed to be a club record
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Crystal Palace have agreed a new club-record £7million fee with Wigan for midfielder James McArthur, Press Association Sport understands.
Leicester City had agreed a £7million deal for Scotland midfielder McArthur but pulled out of the deal after snaring Esteban Cambiasso instead.
Palace will break the £4.5million paid to Peterborough for striker Dwight Gayle last summer if they now complete the deal for 26-year-old McArthur as expected.
Wigan wiped the floor with beleaguered Birmingham in a horribly one-sided Sky Bet Championship encounter at the DW Stadium.
Callum McManaman was again the pick of the Latics players with two first-half goals as the home side led 3-0 at the break.
Andrew Taylor and substitute Martyn Waghorn grabbed the others for Wigan, who could have won even more comprehensively than 4-0 such was their total superiority.
Oriol Riera's first goal in English football gave Wigan Athletic their first Sky Bet Championship victory of the season, beating Blackpool 1-0.
The scoreline was hugely flattering to the Seasiders, who were on the back foot for virtually the whole game and offered very little going forward.
Richard Dunne has urged QPR to seize their second chance when they face Wigan for a place at Wembley on Monday night.
Big-spending Rangers were the favourites to win the Sky Bet Championship title this season but they faltered after a bright start and had to settle for the lottery of the play-offs.
Both they and Wigan are seeking an immediate return to the Barclays Premier League and the semi-final is delicately poised after a forgettable goalless draw at the DW Stadium on Friday.
– QPR defender Richard Dunne
We wanted to win the league to start with, then we wanted to try to get that second place.
As the season's gone on we've been lucky I suppose that we've had a second chance but come Monday there are no second chances, it's all or nothing.
Whatever pressure is on us, it's important we rise to it and don't be afraid of it. It's good to have a bit of pressure and excitement about how big the game is.
Wigan have had games in Europe, FA Cup finals and semi-finals over the last couple of years so I don't think our experience outweighs theirs by much, if at all.
Wigan boss Uwe Rosler is not prepared to engage in "pressure bingo" ahead of their meeting with QPR as two of last year's relegated sides bid to be instantly restored to the Barclays Premier League.
– Wigan manager Uwe Rosler
What we have now is 'pressure bingo'.
I was preparing myself today and thinking 'I'm not going in that direction'. But when Harry says we are the clear favourites for promotion then I have to smile a little bit about that one.
Harry said we have the best squad - I think we have a very good squad - but Harry has probably three times a bigger wage budget than we have.
Every team that's in the play-offs deserves to be in the play-offs. We face in QPR a team with a lot of experience, a lot of Premier League quality in their squad and they can raise their standards on the day like we can.