Everton's move for McCarthy unlikely, says Wigan chief

The Latics owner has played down the Republic of Ireland midfielder's chances of moving to Goodison Park, slamming the proposed payment structure as "madness"
Wigan owner Dave Whelan has admitted any deal to take midfielder James McCarthy to Everton is looking increasingly unlikely after the club failed to meet their valuation.

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Everton stepped up their interest in the player as a replacement for Marouane Fellaini, who Goal understands has submitted a transfer request in order to force through a move to Manchester United.

But the Latics owner has quashed reports that the Republic of Ireland international could be reunited with former boss Roberto Martinez, and says the club are far apart in their valuations of the player.

"Everton not offering what we're looking for. [I] don't think deal will happen now," Whelan told BBC Sport.

The Latics rejected an offer thought to be near £10 million on Sunday and the clubs are no closer to reaching an agreement, with Whelan slamming the payment structure suggested by Everton.

"We wanted payment over 12 to 18 months," he told talkSPORT. "4 years is madness."

Wigan have also announced a deal to bring Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell on a season-long loan, providing further midfield options should Everton not increase their offer for the highly-rated McCarthy.