Wigan Reject Everton’s £7m McCarthy BidBy Ryan Grant • Sep 1st, 2013 • Category: News |
Everton have had a bid rejected for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy.
It is believed that Everton’s offer was £7m initially plus £3m in add ons.
New Everton manager Roberto Martinez is a huge fan of the Republic of Ireland international, and is likely to make an improved bid before the transfer deadline on Monday.
Though the Toffees will have to offer significantly more, with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan stating that the bid was “Not near the value we’d [Wigan would] expect” but that he would not “stand in his way”.
With only four recognised central midfielders in the squad, the Toffees are particularly keen to strengthen in this area. This is even more important given that they regularly play a five man midfield and that, according to our sources, Maroune Fellaini will join Manchester United.
In other news, Gareth Barry is also likely to join on loan from Manchester City. He would bring a wealth of experience to the squad, further bolstering our midfield. Leighton Baines looks like he’s staying.
Everton are still pondering whether to sign another forward, with Demba Ba one of several players available. The team has struggled for goals – both in pre-season and in their first three Premier League fixtures.
However, an increase in tempo and switching play faster to find space should help see Everton create more clear cut goal scoring opportunities.