Wigan midfielder McCarthy hints at summer transfer

The 22-year-old Republic of Ireland international is enjoying a fruitful year at the heart of the Latics midfield but has refused to rule out a move away from the DW Stadium
Wigan midfielder James McCarthy has suggested his future could lie away from the struggling Premier League club amid reported interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.

The 22-year-old has been one of the Latics' most impressive performers in a difficult season under Roberto Martinez, notching two goals in his 25 games for the club, but has suggested he could consider his future at the end of the current campaign.
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Speaking to The Daily Mail, he said: “I have been linked with clubs here and there but I will keep working hard and see what the end of the season brings.

“Obviously, it’s good to see your name linked with big clubs. It’s always nice but I am still a Wigan player and I will keep playing for Wigan until the end of the season.

“It’s down to the club and someone else.”

McCarthy joined Wigan as an 18-year-old in 2009 from Scottish outfit Hamilton Academicals, who he made his debut for at the age of 15. The Glasgow-born central midfielder has been ever-present for Martinez's side this season and has subsequently been linked with an £8 million move to the Premier League's bigger clubs.

However, McCarthy insists his immediate focus is on ensuring survival at Wigan, adding: “I’m happy at the club and I’m positive we won't go down.”

Wigan are currently two points adrift of safety, sitting 18th and face a tricky trip away to Chelsea on Saturday.