Relegated Wigan are demanding £15m for star James McCarthy.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan may be resigned to losing Tottenham target James McCarthy this summer, but is not prepared to sell the 22-year-old for anything less than £15m, reports The Daily Mirror.
Andre Villas-Boas is keen to add the defensive to his Spurs squad, as the Portuguese eyes a replacement for the ageing Scott Parker.
While Spurs have been monitoring the Ireland international for some time, stingy chairman Daniel Levy will be unwilling to pay over the odds for McCarthy.
With Whelan unlikely to move on the asking price, a stalemate is in the offering.
The FA Cup winner wants to continue playing at the highest level, and a move to the White Hart Lane club would undoubtedly be a step forward in his career.
While Parker has struggled to play the box-to-box role require of him by Villas-Boas, all-action McCarthy is well suited to a high tempo pressing game and would provide able cover for Sandro Ranieri next season.
Having signed for the Latics for just £1.1m from Hamilton Academical four years ago, the FA Cup winner has become an ever-present in the heart of Wigan’s midfield, and a mainstay in the Republic of Ireland squad.