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No bids yet for James McCarthy reveals Wigan's Owen Coyle

The midfielder featured for The Latics in their 4-0 win over Barnsley.

James McCarthy in action for Ireland against Poland.
James McCarthy in action for Ireland against Poland.
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WIGAN BOSS OWEN COYLE has yet to field a transfer request for any of his current squad and he is hoping for a quiet August.

The former Ireland and Bolton striker, who took over from Roberto Martinez in May, saw his new team defeat Barnsley 4-0 on the first day of the Championship season. Midfielder James McCarthy started in the comfortable victory and Coyle will not have welcomed questions about his star player’s transfer status.

“I’ve not had any inquiries, let alone offers, for any of my players,” Coyle told Sky Sports.

“But ultimately good players attract attention and there’s no getting away from it, James McCarthy is such a hugely talented player. And if there is any interest, he’ll be the first to know. Then, as a club we decide what happens from there.”

McCarthy had a solid 2012/13 season for Wigan despite their relegation. He showed an ever-growing maturity in the centre of the park and claimed an FA Cup winners’ medal in the process.

He broke through to the Ireland team and international boss Giovanni Trapattoni has earmarked him to be a crucial player for his country over the next decade. Over the past two days, McCarthy has been linked by several newspapers to clubs such as Everton, Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle.

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