Reports are suggesting that after 18 months of transfer speculation, Manchester United are preparing to take the next in their pursuit of Wigan midfielder James McCarthy and submit a formal bid.
Rumours of the Red Devils’ interest have been circulating since 2010 when the Scot began his rise to prominence in the Latics’ midfield, and despite a move failing to materialise thus far, that’s all looking to change later this month.
The youngster was being linked with moves to Arsenal, Liverpool and Blackburn over the summer, however Roberto Martinez managed to keep a hold of his starlet and will face the task of keeping him at the club once again.
It’s common knowledge that Manchester United are undergoing somewhat of a midfield crisis at the moment with Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher both on the injury table.
23 year-old Cleverley isn’t due back in the first team squad for another month as he’s set to bounce back from an ankle injury while Fletcher’s return date is unknown as he battles against a stomach illness.
The predicament has led Sir Alex Ferguson to pulling Paul Scholes out of retirement in a bid to ease their selection issue.
The Premier League champions also recently sold Darron Gibson to Everton and will undoubtedly be looking to inject McCarthy into the starting XI should a move come about.
Any deal would be expected to cost United around £15m as Martinez seeks to hang on to his creative talisman however should the asking price be met, the Spaniard may have no choice in the matter as the club struggle against top flight relegation.