Everton manager Roberto Martinez is a huge admirer of McCarthy having worked with him at Wigan but a deal for the midfielder this late in the transfer window looks unlikely according to Wigan’s chairman.
Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has said that a move to Everton for midfielder James McCarthy looks “unlikely” at this late stage in the transfer window, Goal.com reports.
Whelan says that Everton aren’t offering him the right amount for McCarthy, with reports suggesting that the Latcis chairman is holding out for a fee of around £14 million.
He said: “Everton not offering what we’re looking for. Don’t think deal will happen now.”
Everton have been targeting McCarthy for a number of weeks, with manager Roberto Martinez keen to be re-united with the midfielder, who was one of his key players during his spell as Wigan boss.
Reports suggest that McCarthy is interested in a move to Everton, however the Toffees will need to pay Wigan’s valuation in order to bring the Irishman to Goodison Park.
Many pundits see McCarthy as a replacement for Marouane Fellaini, who looks set to join Manchester United after handing in a transfer request at Everton.
Should the Fellaini deal go through, then Everton would have the money available to meet Wigan’s valuation for McCarthy.