Arsenal & Tottenham must pay £20m for relegated star

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Wigan are reportedly set to inform James McCarthy's Premier League suitors, with Arsenal and Tottenham among them, that they will have to offer a significant fee to claim the signature of the young midfielder.

According to the Irish Independent, Wigan will request £20 million for the 22-year-old Republic of Ireland international, remaining adamant he will not leave the DW Stadium for a cut-price fee following the club's relegation.

Arsenal and Tottenham have both been credited with interest in McCarthy, with both Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas-Boas striving to reinforce their respective squads before the close of the summer transfer window.

However, along with Arsenal and Spurs, former Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is reported to be keen to strike a deal that would see McCarthy follow him from the Latics to Everton.

Martinez was appointed the successor to David Moyes at Goodison Park following the departure of David Moyes to Manchester United, and is expected to target a number of his former charges.

Chief among them would appear to be McCarthy, although Everton would seemingly be unlikely to match the demands of Wigan given the well document financial constraints placed upon the club's manger.

Funds could be raised by player sales, however, with Arsenal reported to have activated the £22 million release clause written into the contract of Marouane Fellaini.

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