Everton agree £12.5 million fee for midfielder – Fellaini replacement?
After being linked with Wigan’s James McCarthy all summer, could Everton be about to land their man?
The Daily Mail reports that Everton have agreed a fee with Championship outfit Wigan for James McCarthy. Ex-manager Roberto Martinez is a big fan of the 22-year-old and has agreed a £12.5 million deal with his former employers.
The deal, however, is a long way from being completed as now the two parties are arguing over how the transfer sum is paid.
The Toffees want to pay in smaller instalments but Wigan, who is missing out on the lucrative Premier League deal, want more up front.
This is not the first time these two sides have argued this summer. Martinez’s switch to Everton from Wigan also endured long negotiations over the £3 million compensation package along with other talks.
The deal problems are likely to iron themselves out as Marouane Fellaini is understood to be about to hand in transfer request in a bid to hurry up his suggested move to Manchester United.
Despite moving clubs, Roberto Martinez is still firm friends with long standing Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan and a deal will most likely go through.
However, Hamilton, who McCarthy used to play for, will be owed 20% of any transfer fee, so the Scottish club could expect around £2.5 million from this deal.