Everton Launch Improved £15m Bid for Wigan Athletic Midfielder James McCarthy

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Roberto Martinez hopes to be re-united with his former player at Goodison Park.

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Everton are set to offer Wigan Athletic £15 million for midfielder James McCarthy, the Daily Star reports.

The Republic of Ireland international has been the subject of two bids from Everton earlier in the summer, with Roberto Martinez desperate to be re-united with McCarthy, who was one of his key players at Wigan.

However, Wigan owner Dave Whelan is holding out for closer to £20 million but Martinez is confident that he can persuade his former boss to sell the midfielder for slightly lower than his valuation.

The midfielder would like the opportunity to work with Martinez again, with the pair forming a close relationship during their days together at Wigan.

McCarthy played a key role in Wigan winning the FA Cup last season but couldn’t prevent the clubs relegation from the Premier League.

However, Everton aren’t the only team who are interested in signing McCarthy, with Tottenham known to be considering making a move for the player as Andre Villas-Boas looks to bolster the centre of midfield.

Martinez has already raided his former employers by bringing Arouna Kone, Antolin Alcaraz and Joel Robles to Goodison Park and will now hope that he can add McCarthy to that list.

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