Monday 22 January 2018

Latics braced for McCarthy calls

James McCarthy. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
James McCarthy. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

OWEN Coyle is bracing himself for a flood of last-minute phone calls about James McCarthy but claimed that, so far, he has not had a single concrete offer.

And while McCarthy watches the clock and his smartphone, Kevin Doyle will also be on the alert for some late transfer window action, particularly now that Neil Lennon has money to spend.

Celtic made a £700,000 offer for Doyle during the summer which was dismissed by Wolves out of hand.

Doyle's £1.2m salary remains a sticking point but Lennon has a guaranteed £10m pot to work with following their last gasp heroics in the Champions League qualifying round.

Coyle revealed Wigan have received enquiries about McCarthy, but those showing an interest have yet to back up their interest with bids.

McCarthy was one of the stars of Latics' run to FA Cup glory last year and also performed at a high level in front of many Premier League club managers at Wembley during Ireland's 1-1 draw with England.

While he still remains part of Coyle's squad, the manager knows that interest could well be ramped up in McCarthy and others as the end of the transfer window draws nearer.

"Do we expect phone calls? Absolutely, because that's the nature of the window," said Coyle.

"Some will be people chasing, others will be genuine enquiries, and then from that there might be some sort of bids. As it is there hasn't been any as of yet, but you never say never in this game."

McCarthy has been linked with Everton and Newcastle in recent weeks.

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