Wigan Athletic Insist They Have Had No Bids for Coveted Midfielder James McCarthy

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Everton, Newcastle and Spurs target James McCarthy is yet to be subject to any bids from clubs, according to Wigan boss Owen Coyle according to the Metro.

Following a successful spell in the Championship club’s first team last season, the Irish midfielder has attracted interest from a whole host of Premier League – including the three aforementioned clubs. The 22 year-old picked up an FA Cup winners medal last season, which may have softened the blow of relegation from the English top flight, hence why he is more than happy to stay with the Latics.

Today, Owen Coyle told the Metro, “I’ve not had any inquiries, let alone offers, for any of my players.”

“But ultimately good players attract attention and there’s no getting away from it, James McCarthy is such a hugely talented player.”

The former Bolton boss went on to admit, “if there is any interest, he’ll be the first to know. Then as a club we decide what happens from there.” (BBC Sport)

Yesterday, the Latics got off to a winning start in the Championship – thrashing Barnsley 4-0 at Oakwell [Barnsley’s ground], with Ben Watson opening the scoring in the 37th minute.

Coyle later praised the performance of his side, telling the BBC, “From start to finish it was a fantastic performance from a dynamic team against a Barnsley side who, towards the end of last season, showed real resilience in taking on all before them to stay in the Championship.”

“But we stood toe-to-toe with them, showed real quality and to be honest could have scored more than four goals, so as manager I couldn’t have asked for much more than what the players gave today.”

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