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James McCarthy - The Hunt Is On

It looks like the race is on for the signature of Latics midfield man James McCarthy

The Sunday Times are reporting that Spurs have shown an interest in the 22 year old Republic of Ireland international, who still has 3 years left of a four year contract at the DW Stadium, but it is also well known that Arsenal have been monitoring McCarthy's progress for the past couple of seasons with Wenger a big admirer.

With 'other' clubs also in the rumour mill with regards to McCarthy the Times are quoting a 20 million price tag, and why not, he already has 15 full international caps, made 115 appearances for the Latics and won the FA cup, he was an ever present for the Latics in the Premier League last season, only turned 22 in November, plus when you consider that Joe Allen cost 15 million and Jordan Henderson close on 20 million then the fee being bandied about is a little bit generous to the buying clubs

McCarthy is a prodigious talent, he is destined for a top career, there is no glitz or bad press attached to him, he is level headed and the perfect professional with his feet firmly on the ground, whoever pays 20 million for him will be getting a steal, he is going to go, so let's make sure we get what he's worth

McCarthy's Crowning Glory

By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 16 2013

Time: 11:35AM

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40 million. Nothing less. :-)
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16/06/2013 11:44:00

Be sad to see him go but he is way too good for the Championship and he id destined for a move to a big club
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16/06/2013 11:44:00

We've got to be realistic here. If we get 15m for him we have done really, really well out of him. It all depends on the market though. If there is a big demand for his type of player in the summer, then Premier League clubs with the new TV money may be prepared to enter a bidding war. If we start with 20m then we can wait and see if anyone actually gets close to it. Length of contract, number of caps, wages with us etc. all count for nothing. It's what people are prepared to pay.
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16/06/2013 17:18:00

Nothing less than 20 million should be considered. All of those things do matter, and can push the price up if handled properly. Owen wants them all to stay and hopefully will tell DW its top whack or no one leaves.
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16/06/2013 18:11:00


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