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Wednesday 20 September 2017

McCarthy not for sale, insists Martinez

WIGAN have issued a stern "hands off" warning to their Premier League rivals over Ireland star James McCarthy.

But as business hots up ahead of the closing of the transfer window, McCarthy’s compatriot Stephen Hunt could be on the move. Celtic have been linked with a bid for the Waterford man.

McCarthy endured a tough start to the season as he battled with injury and also had to regain his place in the Wigan side.

But the 21-year-old has been in stunning form in recent weeks, so manager Roberto Martinez has told other clubs to forget about making a bid for the Irishman.

“Victor Moses and James are the two younger players in this football club and it would be wrong for us to sell these assets,” Martinez said today.

Reports in Glasgow this morning claimed that Celtic boss Neil Lennon was planning to bring Wolves man Hunt to Celtic on loan, though Mick McCarthy is unlikely to allow the winger leave Molineux while the club are in danger of relegation.

Hunt has lost his place in the Wolves side in recent weeks with just one start in the last three Premier League games.

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