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Everton plotting £15m Championship raid

Wigan's James MccarthyEverton chief Roberto Martinez is planning another raid on former club Wigan, by offering £15m for James McCarthy, according to reports from The Express.

The Spaniard recently swapped the DW Stadium for Goodison Park, and has already snapped up two of his former charges in the shape of Antolin Alcaraz and Arouna Kone.

Now, he is ready to attack his former employees once more with a big money offer for McCarthy.

The 22-year-old was one of Wigan’s star performers in their relegation season last term, turning in a number of impressive displays.

However, he is thought to be ready to move on in the coming months in a bid to avoid a campaign in the second tier.

Martinez is hopeful that he can fight off interest from the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham with a £15m offer and convince the Scottish born ace to join him on Merseyside.

Wigan are thought to be demanding £20m, but it’s likely that they will accept a reduced fee as they set about coping with the reduced income of Championship football.

The sum would mark a major profit for Wigan, who snapped up McCarthy from Scottish side Hamilton for just £1m in 2009.

Can Everton persuade James McCarthy to look past interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool?

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