Tottenham are considering a move to sign Wigan Athletic's talented midfielder James McCarthy at the end of the season, according to the Daily Mail. The 22-year-old has been in impressive form this season and played a crucial role in the Latics' 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final.
The report claims the north London club's chairman Daniel Levy has now made signing McCarthy a top priority as in a bid to bring creativity to their midfield. The midfielder is believed to be part of Andres Villas-Boas' plans of strengthening the squad in the summer. The Republic of Ireland international is expected to be made available for a fee of £10m and will greatly improve the squad next season.
McCarthy's age and transfer fee do fit into Tottenham's transfer policy. The addition of Wigan star to the north London club will strengthen their midfield and also give AVB more options during the team selection.
The highly rated midfielder's brilliant performance for Wigan has caught the eyes of the top clubs in England. Tottenham are likely to face competition from London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea with both clubs also interested in securing a move for McCarthy in the summer.
Meanwhile, the player himself has distanced from the growing speculation linking him with a move away from the DW Stadium. McCarthy has now pledged to help his side avoid relegation. Roberto Martinez men are now placed 18th in the league with 35 points from 36 games and a defeat in their upcoming fixture against Arsenal would end their hope of playing in the Premier League table next season.
"I don't want to talk about speculation. The most important thing is to keep Wigan in the Premier League and that is all I am concentrating on. I am happy at Wigan, it is a great club to be at," McCarthy said.
"It is in our own hands and if we go about our business the right way then we'll be fine. We have the experience of being in this position before and we have a good squad who will be giving it our all," he added.