Newcastle United have accepted a bid from Wigan Athletic for defender James Tavernier.

Tavernier spent last season on loan at Rotherham United and excelled in the Millers’ season that ended in promotion to the Championship. The graduate of Newcastle’s academy scored five goals and was one of the best players in League One while on loan at the New York Stadium.

The 22-year-old right-back has one year left on his Newcastle contract and was understood to be keen on a permanent move to Rotherham until Wigan came in.

It’s a shame to see Tavernier leave before the new season as he certainly matured into a very promising player while at Rotherham. First-choice right-back Mathieu Debuchy could leave this summer if there is interest in him and with only Ryan Taylor – who has spent the last two years on the sidelines with knee ligament injuries – as the other choice, Tavernier may have been closer to the first team than he has ever been before.

If the move does go through it should be a good one for the Bradford-born man though. Wigan are a side looking to return to the Premier League next season and with a player like Tavernier in their ranks, it could help their cause significantly. Perhaps if he had joined Rotherham permanently he may have been back in League One before long.