Still no bids for Latics stars

Wigan Player James MCarthy
Wigan Player James MCarthy
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OWEN Coyle insists no-one at Wigan Athletic is being sidetracked by the forthcoming transfer deadline.

Latics have brought in 10 players during the summer, largely to replace the dozen players who moved on at the end of last term.

However, the expected plundering of Wigan’s prized assets, such as James McCarthy and Callum McManaman, still hasn’t happened.

And, with the transfer window set to slam shut on Monday week, Coyle for one hopes that remains the case.

”There’s always time for things to change, but as we sit just now we’ve still not received any phonecalls, any enquiries, any offers for any of our players,” Coyle revealed.

“If anybody was thinking about changing that, they had better be respectful to Wigan Athletic because we don’t have to sell anybody and that would be reflected if anybody did come looking.”

There is widespread expectation that a big deal late in the window – such as Manchester United’s pursuit of Marouane Fellaini of Everton – could have a knock-on effect on several other teams.

Coyle admits it’s just a case of wait and see.

“There is no cut-off point. We can’t say that, for example, August 29 is our cut-off point,” he added.

“Football just doesn’t work like that.

“What we have to do is be vigilant, be forward-thinking and deal with everything on its merits, which we will do.”