Everton ready to up the transfer ante

James Mccarthy

Everton boss Roberto Martinez is stepping up his chase to sign Wigan midfielder James McCarthy before the transfer deadline, according to Sky Sports.

Martinez is bracing himself for another bid from Manchester United for midfielder Marouane Fellaini in the next few days but McCarthy will not signed as a replacement for the Belgian, more as a central midfield partner for the Toffees.

Wigan boss Owen Coyle confirmed that more than one club had shown an interest in their main man but no bids have been made to date with the transfer deadline just two days away.

McCarthy will not be pushing through a move away from the DW Stadium despite Wigan being in the Championship and the FA Cup winners are set to demand more than £10million should a bid be made.

Martinez is set to make an initial bid as the clubs enter negotiations but time is running out if Everton are going to get all of their business done in time for Monday night.

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