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Wigan Now Gets Second Burnley Target

Hamilton Academical midfielder James McCarthy has agreed to join Wigan Athletic for a fee of about 1.2m rising to 3m depending on appearances. Wigan expect the deal to be concluded within the next 24 hours.

The Clarets had also been linked to the player some weeks ago but their bid was turned down. A number of clubs had been linked with the player including Portsmouth and Celtic but of late the higher bids by Wolves, Wigan and Tottenham Hotspur appeared to have priced the others out of the market.

Wolves in particular appeared to have won the race to sign the 18 year old whizz kid only last week after the Accies accepted an offer and allowed the player to have talks with the Wolves gaffer, Mick McCarthy.

It looks like the shorter distance to travel from his native Scotland may have been a factor in his decision to join Wigan but either way Clarets fans can now scratch another name off the list.

Roberto Martinez has now snaffled two of our targets after also signing Jason Scotland for 2 million recently.Scotland signed a 3 year contract with Wigan last week (pending international and visa approval)

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 20 2009

Time: 7:28PM

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Gave up on this one a couple of weeks back to be honest after Wolves and then Wigan entered the race. Pity!
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20/07/2009 19:30:00

He looks a good prospect and I am delighted we have got him...hope you do well this season and I am looking forward to my visit to Turf Moor
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20/07/2009 19:46:00

To be honest, this is not a surprise, and we need to get used to this sort of scenario. The facts of the matter are that we are a small PL club, and "even" Wigan are well-established with much more resources at their disposal than we have. 5 million for these two is a big-gish gamble, and one that we could not afford to take. I hope we get at least 2-4 more signings in - just don't ask me who! Maybe a CB, GK, LW and either CM or CF...not much to ask for, eh?! ;)
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20/07/2009 20:34:00

We was never going to win them all done pretty good so far :-)
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20/07/2009 22:24:00

Summer holidays is it Barnsey? Enjoy. So, turfman, are you saying that Scotland needs a visa to move from Wales to England?
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21/07/2009 08:05:00

Sounds a bit Irish that CP!! :-)
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21/07/2009 10:00:00

Could make a great quiz question one day!
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21/07/2009 14:05:00

To be honest I think it's a case of copying being the sincerest form of flattery. Whoever OC targets it seems Wolves and Wigan move in for. I don't think they have original ideas of their own but realise OC spots quality players with fantastic value for money potential so they then muscle in. No matter I think Wigan and Wolves will both struggle to avoid the drop and I am fairly confident we will be above both at the season's end.
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21/07/2009 17:30:00

I think Latics getting Scotland and McCarthy may have more to do with them having worked with our manager and/or assistant manager previously! All the best for this next season.
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21/07/2009 19:40:00

Cheers Lytham, the Jason Scotland connection is an obvious one anyway re Martinez and he was always going to join his former boss,I reckon. We were just simply outbid I think for MCCarthy and we were not prepared to fork out more. He sounded keen to join us at one time and he would have lined up with his former Accies teammate Brian Easton and been at home with all the Scottish clan involved at the club these days! Oh well, let's see how you fare in 2009/10. Looking forward to reinstating the Wigan v Burnley clashes
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