McCarthy in line for big money move
Tottenham lead the race to sign James McCarthy from Wigan, though it is reported that the relegated Latics will look for £20Million for the midfielder.
The Ireland international has attracted the interest of several Premier League clubs with Everton, Arsenal, Newcastle and Fulham all thought to be interested. And he was previously the subject of a previous bid from Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is known to be a big admirer of McCarthy and sees the midfielder as the perfect replacement for Scott Parker, who looks to be on his way out of White Hart Lane.
Villas-Boas was impressed with the tactical maturity shown by McCarthy when he nullified the threat of Gareth bale in Wigan’s 2-2 draw with Spurs at the DW Stadium.
Tottenham are also known to be in the market for young internationals and it is thought McCarthy fits the bill for Chairman Daniel Levy. And although Spurs will not want to fork out as much as £20Million, a fee could be negotiated between the clubs.
New Wigan manager, Owen Coyle, will try and persuade McCarthy to stay at the DW Stadium, but it seems the 22 year-old is destined to remain in the Premier League.
For his part McCarthy, who has 14 caps for Ireland, would prefer to remain in the Premier League as he looks to make the next step in his career.