Leicester agree fee for Wigan star McArthur

The Foxes have been granted permission to speak with the player after seeing an improved offer of £7 million accepted for the 26-year-old midfielder

By Graeme Bailey

Wigan midfielder James McArthur has been given permission to speak to Leicester after the two clubs agreed a fee for his transfer, Goal can reveal.

Latics chairman Dave Whelan admitted yesterday that the Scotland international could be sold for the right price after an opening offer from the Foxes was rejected.

And the Championship club have now accepted an improved bid of £7 million - £6m of which will be paid up front - to pave the way for McArthur to complete a return to the top flight before Monday's transfer deadline.

McArthur has made over 150 appearances in all competitions for Wigan since signing from Hamilton for around £500,000 in 2010.

Manager Nigel Pearson is keen to bolster his midfield options, with former Inter star Esteban Cambiasso a long-term target.

“Cambiasso is still a possibility,” Pearson revealed at the weekend. “There’s been some progress over the weekend so I’m more hopeful than I was on Friday and Saturday.”

The newly promoted side have collected one point out of a possible six in difficult opening fixtures against Everton and Chelsea.


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