Wigan midfielder James McCarthy has been told he will be able to leave the Championship club during the transfer window, but only for a top club.
Since the club's relegation from the Premier League last season, the young Irish star has been at the centre of transfer speculation linking him with a move back to the top flight.
And despite Owen Coyle's determination to hang onto one of his key players, the Wigan boss has revealed he will not stand in his way if they receive an offer from a top six club.
"It was difficult for James in the summer, his head was all over the place," Coyle told the Herald.
"I've said to James that if a Champions League club comes in for him – and he's that good he can play for anyone in that top six – I won't stand in his way.
The 22-year-old has been linked to the likes of Everton, Tottenham and Newcastle, with the club reportedly rejecting a £12 million offer from their former boss Roberto Martinez now at Everton.
However, Coyle dismissed these reports by claiming no bid has been made for the midfielder.
"We know that rival clubs are more than aware of the quality we have at this football club. All I can do as a manager is prepare them for the games. But we still haven't even had an enquiry for any of our players let alone a firm bid."
McCarthy appeared in Wigan's first game of the Championship season last weekend, as they ran out 4-0 winners against Barnsley.
Following their surprise FA Cup final win last season, they now face Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.
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