Liverpool are considering a £15 million move for Wigan Athletic starlet James McCarthy, according to reports.

Reds boss Kenny Dalglish is monitoring the situation closely with regards to the Irishman's contract, with McCarthy yet to agree a new deal at the DW Stadium.

The Daily Mirror claims Liverpool will be looking to take advantage, should the Latics look to cash-in on the highly-rated central midfielder.

It's the second time Liverpool have taken an interest in the player, with the Reds attempting to bring the player to Anfield from Hamilton back in 2009.

After gaining regular first team football, Click Lancashire claims the player is now ready to 'move on', with Liverpool appearing the most likely destination.

The youngster has remained linked with the Merseysiders despite Dalglish spending big on players in the same position, with Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson already joining the Liverpool ranks this summer.

Other clubs have previously shown an interest in McCarthy, most noticably Arsenal.


Arsene Wenger is believed to be an admirer of the player, with reports less than a week ago claiming the Arsenal boss was looking to bring the player to the Emirates.

The Gunners have a proven track record of bringing young talent to north London, although Arsenal appear to be in second place at the moment should McCarthy decide to leave his current club this summer.

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