Everton must up £10m McManaman bid

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is reluctant to allow the midfielder to be the latest Latics star to join Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park unless he meets the £15 million valuation
By Paul Clennam

Everton must increase their £10 million offer for Callum McManaman if they are to make the midfielder their third signing from Wigan this summer, Goal understands.

Latics chairman Dave Whelan has already seen Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcaraz follow Roberto Martinez to Goodison Park since the transfer window opened, and is standing firm on the club's £15m valuation of the 22-year-old.

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A move of that stature would equal the Toffees' club transfer record paid to Standard Liege for Marouane Fellaini in 2008, though Martinez is still hoping to push through a deal after making the former Everton youth star his No.1 midfield target.

The 22-year-old midfielder was released by the Goodison Park club at 16 before joining Wigan on a free transfer back in 2007, although he remained on the fringes at the DW Stadium until a breakthrough season last term.

Strikes against the likes of Tottenham and West Brom in the Premier League grabbed headlines during the 2012-13 campaign, while his performance in the FA Cup final against Manchester City helped the Latics secure an unlikely triumph at Wembley.

Having already allowed last season's top scorer Kone to leave, as well as defender Alcaraz, Whelan has admitted that he will consider any bids for "the right amount of money" for players in his squad.

"It is normally the case certain players want to play in the Premier League and I can’t blame them for that," Whelan said in June.

"Players sign contracts but sometimes one or two want to leave and it is difficult to stop them. Players are players and I believe in freedom in football."