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Paper Talk: Wigan Rejected £4 million for McArthur

The news was broken late yesterday afternoon by Sky Sports that Burnley had maintained their interest in James McArthur. The following reports in the papers now claim that we have rebuffed any deal by the Clarets.

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

At the start of the season James McArthur was very quickly linked to a move to Burnley FC. It was reported that Sean Dyche is a keen admirer of the Scottish International midfielder and sees him as the midfield lynch pin that his Burnley side could need going into the Premier League season, the response as been from us since day one that James is not for sale.

That reportedly though hasn't stopped Burnley coming sniffing again. Yesterday afternoon news was filtering out that they were still interested and close to making a big for the midfielder. The news in the Daily Mail has been that Burnely have made such a bid and it could have been worth £4 million to Wigan Athletic.

The club have rejected said offer and Burnley will have to look to fork out some money to get our talented midfielder. A proven Premier League player, who for me is a much more hard working player than James McCarthy ever was, surely he is worth a bit more than that.

Wigan of course won't want to sell him but if we get the right offer for him, somewhere in the region of £6 million I would suspect, then the player maybe allowed to leave the DW Stadium. As it currently stands we don't know what James take is on all of this and be interesting to see if he become unsettled at all with the chance to return to the Premier League on the table.

For me though McArthur could be playing for a team battling for Europa League not to stay in the League. Very few such energetic midfielders who can literally go for box to box all game. Lets just keep all of that quiet for now though shall we.