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Hamilton Accies' James McArthur to visit Wigan

Hamilton midfielder James McArthur
McArthur has helped Hamilton establish themselves in the SPL

Hamilton Academical midfielder James McArthur is to visit Premier League suitors Wigan in two weeks' time.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has admitted that the 22-year-old is on his transfer radar for the summer.

Accies manager Billy Reid said: "It was agreed a few weeks ago that James would go down for three days just to show him the running of a Premiership club.

"I think James McCarthy has made a big impression down there and we think James McArthur is every bit as good."

And Reid added: "I'm surprised that it has come out. He'll go down there and we'll see how he gets on.

"He's got a year left on his current contract. It's down to the chairman to see what he wants to accept. I watch him week in, week out. His level of consistency has been outstanding."


Martinez signed McArthur's former team-mate McCarthy last close-season and the 19-year-old has recently established himself in the first team.

"James McArthur is another player that we have been following for a long time," said Martinez earlier in the week.

"But, like him, we have a lot of names. It's nothing else than speculation."

Wigan are just above the English Premier League's relegation zone, but Martinez is already planning for a stay in England's top flight.

"I am sure there are going to be a lot of names between now and the end of the season," he said.

"As we did in the previous window, we follow a lot of names and a lot of players - it's about getting the right players and the right characters."

However, Martinez could be persuaded to return to Hamilton after seeing McCarthy adapt quickly to the rigours of English football since his £1.2m-plus transfer, despite still being in his teens.

The Glasgow-born midfielder has become a regular in Wigan's first team since the turn of the year and won his first cap for the Republic of Ireland.

James McArthur is a great talent. What he has achieved at Hamilton in the SPL is remarkable

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez

And Martinez admitted being impressed with Scotland Under-21 international McArthur, who has made more than 180 appearances for Hamilton during which he and McCarthy helped Accies win the Division One title and then establish themselves in the Scottish Premier League.

"James McArthur is a great talent," said the Wigan manager of the player who has been previously linked with a number of English clubs.

"What he has achieved at Hamilton in the SPL is remarkable."

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see also
Reid urges McArthur Scotland call
27 Feb 10 |  Hamilton
McArthur backed for England move
01 Mar 10 |  Hamilton
McCarthy completes Wigan transfer
21 Jul 09 |  Wigan

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