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Wigan manager Owen Coyle insists the club has not received offers for James McCarthy, who has been linked with Tottenham and Everton.

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James McCarthy: Wigan midfielder is attracting interest

James McCarthy: Wigan midfielder is attracting interest

The 22-year-old midfielder is also thought to have attracted interest from Newcastle United following Wigan's relegation from the Premier League.

McCarthy, a Republic of Ireland international, featured in Wigan's 2-0 defeat to Manchester United in the FA Community Shield at Wembley.

"There will always be speculation about good players but that's exactly what it is - speculation," said Coyle.

"I'm quite comfortable in telling you I've not had any enquiries or offers. If I did, I would be the first to tell you.

"We've got good players. I wouldn't be surprised if there was interest but at the moment, there's nothing to talk about."

Coyle, whose side failed to work United goalkeeper David de Gea throughout the 90 minutes, reiterated the club's desire to return to the Premier League at the first attempt, although he conceded it would be a tough challenge juggling the demands of the Europa League.

He said: "For Wigan, it is an opportunity to play against very good sides. It is getting the balance right. Any game we enter we want to win so we'll do our best when that competition comes about.

"The level we want to get back to is playing against the Manchester Uniteds and the elite clubs every week. We'll take the lessons from today and move forward.

"We always knew it would be a tough afternoon. We conceded an unbelievable finish. I'm disappointed to lose the game but there were spells where we showed we could play."

Coyle also predicted Moyes would be a success at Old Trafford.

He added: "I've no doubts David Moyes will be very successful. He will take Manchester United from strength to strength. He's replaced the best manager we've ever seen in club football but he was the right person for the job, no doubt about it. It's great for up and coming British managers to see a club like Manchester United going with David Moyes because he has earned that right.

"I was hoping he would be successful after today but I'm sure he will go from strength to strength."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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