Wigan Athletic Demand £14m For Everton Target James McCarthy

Latics won’t let midfielder go on the cheap.

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Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has said that Everton need to meet the club’s £14 million valuation of midfielder James McCarthy if they want to take him away from the DW Stadium, Sky Sports reports.

The Toffees have been thought to be interested in the 22-year-old all summer, but Whelan has insisted that his former employee Roberto Martinez is currently still £2 million short of his valuation.

“If Everton lose Fellaini and (Leighton) Baines, they’re going to get their £38m or whatever. They’ve already made one offer for McCarthy, which wasn’t good enough. Roberto knows what he’s valued at.

“You’ve got to be talking £14m or more. Are they a long way off? Probably £2m, but we’re sticking because we’ve got to replace him.

“That sounds a lot of money but when you look around at the moment, all the extra money in the Premier League, it’s just going mad.

“If we go and look for somebody, it’s starting at £5m-£6m.

“We’re sat there and if Everton sell their midfield lad, Fellaini, they’re going to come for ours. We want to replace – but can we?”

Whelan has conceded that the Merseysiders could return for the player before the 11pm deadline on Monday but has said that he will be standing his ground in terms of his valuation.

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