Scot issues hands-off warning to the Toffees.
New Wigan Athletic head coach Owen Coyle has told Everton that they will need to break the bank in order to sign highly rated midfield player James McCarthy this summer, reports the Daily Mirror.
The coveted Republic of Ireland international has been the subject of intense speculation of late linking him with a move to Premier League giants Everton next season, especially after former Latics manager Roberto Martinez left the DW stadium to take over from the Manchester United-bound David Moyes in the Toffees hot seat earlier this month.
However, Coyle has warned his Everton counterpart that the Merseysiders will have to meet Wigan’s valuation of the skilful attacking midfield player before any possible deal can take place between the two clubs when the summer transfer window reopens for business on July 1.
The 22-year-old enjoyed yet another fine campaign last time out for his club, and this despite the fact that Wigan spent the majority of the season battling to avoid relegation to the Championship, with McCarthy scoring three goals in his 42 appearances for the Latics in the process.
“Nobody has to leave on the cheap. If someone is leaving, it will be for the full value,” warned Coyle.
“Everybody has to understand that, whether it’s the buying club, the representatives or the player.
“Do I want to lose James McCarthy? Of course I don’t. If that interest comes to fruition and it’s backed up by hard cash, that’s something we would have to look at.”