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Wigan Athletic Boss Owen Coyle Confirms No Bids For James McCarthy Have Been Received

No interest in star midfielder.

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Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle has said that the club have not received any bids for star midfielder James McCarthy this summer, Sky Sports reports.

The 22-year-old has been heavily linked with a move away from the DW Stadium following the club’s relegation from the Premier League last season with the likes of Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham Hotspur all said to be interested in his services.

McCarthy featured in the club’s 2-0 Community Shield defeat to Manchester United on Sunday and after the game Coyle sought to shed some light over what the future may hold for the Republic of Ireland international.

“There will always be speculation about good players but that’s exactly what it is – speculation,” said Coyle.

“I’m quite comfortable in telling you I’ve not had any enquiries or offers. If I did, I would be the first to tell you.

“We’ve got good players. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was interest but at the moment, there’s nothing to talk about.”

Wigan failed to trouble the United backline once during the show piece season opener, but Coyle also insisted that his side felt confident about returning to the top flight at the first time of asking as well as juggling with the Europa League.

“For Wigan, it is an opportunity to play against very good sides. It is getting the balance right. Any game we enter we want to win so we’ll do our best when that competition comes about,” he added.

“The level we want to get back to is playing against the Manchester Uniteds and the elite clubs every week. We’ll take the lessons from today and move forward.

“We always knew it would be a tough afternoon. We conceded an unbelievable finish. I’m disappointed to lose the game but there were spells where we showed we could play.”

Coyle also predicted Moyes would be a success at Old Trafford.

He added: “I’ve no doubts David Moyes will be very successful. He will take Manchester United from strength to strength. He’s replaced the best manager we’ve ever seen in club football but he was the right person for the job, no doubt about it. It’s great for up and coming British managers to see a club like Manchester United going with David Moyes because he has earned that right.

“I was hoping he would be successful after today but I’m sure he will go from strength to strength.”


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