WIGAN Athletic boss Owen Coyle has hailed the character and attitude of James McCarthy in the face of frenzied transfer speculation.
The future of McCarthy has featured in the gossip columns ever since Latics were relegated at the end of last season.
Everton are being tipped to make their move before Monday’s transfer deadline if their own star midfielder, Marouane Fellaini, moves to champions Manchester United.
Despite the constant speculation, though, McCarthy has continued to give his all for Latics – which Coyle has lauded.
“I have to give James enormous credit for the way he has conducted himself,” Coyle said.
“Whenever he has been wearing the Wigan Athletic shirt, he has given me everything he’s got.
“The other night against Doncaster, he covered 13km – which is Champions League standard. He is an outstanding footballer but he’s also a gem of a lad.
“We’re into the last week of the transfer window and things are going to hot up across the country.
“There’s been huge speculation surrounding James, but our main priority is looking to add more players ourselves.”
Meanwhile, goalkeeper Mike Pollitt has joined Championship outfit Barnsley on a month’s loan, in time to face Southampton in the Capital One Cup last night.
Meanwhile, defenders Thomas Rogne and Juan Carlos Garcia gave Coyle a nudge ahead of the weekend by playing 90 minutes as Wigan’s Development Squad beat Wrexham 4-0.