Anfield boss linked with move for Irish international.
Liverpool are watching James McCarthy’s contract talks at Wigan with a keen interest.
And the Reds are ready to pounce if they sense the Latics are prepared to cash in on the Ireland international rather than risk losing him at a reduced fee.
There is a long-term Anfield interest in the Glasgow-born youngster, who they tried to sign him from his first club, Hamilton, in 2009.
McCarthy opted for the regular-first team opportunities Wigan were offering but now, at the age of 20, he feels he is approaching the time when he should move on.
McCarthy has been in talks with Wigan for more than a month over a new contract, after being promised an improvement on the deal he agreed when he joined the club.
So far, no progress has been made in those discussions, and that has left the Latics thinking about cashing in on a player they value at £15million, and who has also interested Arsenal and Chelsea.
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
One would wonder whether Liverpool would need another central midfield option but perhaps the allure of bringing in another youngster to help the club’s long term prospects is too big a temptation for Kenny Dalglish, that said, it seems highly unlikely that the Merseyside club would fork out as much as £15m for the Irish international.
James McCarthy has matured well at the DW Stadium and the regular first team football has helped gain the 20 year old Glasgow born midfielder earn many admirers. The likes of Man United and Arsenal have been linked with moves for the Latics starlet but as yet no offers have been forthcoming.
Roberto Martinez has already seen Charles N’Zogbia leave the club and there is much talk of a possible departure for top striker Hugo Rodallega and therefore the Spaniard may want to make sure that McCarthy gets the deal he wants before Wigan lose more of their quality performers.
Liverpool brought in Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam to beef up their midfield options but already had the likes of Lucas, Alberto Aquilani, Raul Meireles, Jay Spearing and Steven Gerrard to call upon to fill central roles and news that the Merseyside club are after another midfielder may seem mighty strange to the club’s supporters who probably hope Dalglish instead looks to strengthen their rocky defence.