Wigan Athletic’s best players may be looking for a future outside of England’s second tier but there are already indications that nobody will be allowed to leave on the cheap. Spurs had previously been linked with their Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy but as the Mirror reported on Monday, the club would have to face the unenviable task of haggling with Chairman Dave Whelan.
‘Latics manager Roberto Martinez is resigned to the Republic of Ireland ace leaving now the club has been relegated to the Championship, but owner Dave Whelan wants a whacking fee for their top player.’ The report claimed.
Further stories emerging today suggest that the exact price tag is going to be £15 million for a 22 year old who is admittedly a good prospect.
Elsewhere, rumours persist that Scott Parker and Tom Huddlestone will be on their way at the end of the summer so that does leave gaps in central midfield. However, with serious funds needed to land some world class targets will £15m prove to be too much in James McCarthy’s case?