Whelan: Rosler will get McArthur funds

Latics chairman Dave Whelan
Latics chairman Dave Whelan
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UWE Rosler will be handed all the money from the sale of James McArthur to bolster his Wigan Athletic squad.

That’s the message from chairman Dave Whelan, who yesterday sanctioned the Scotland international’s departure to Leicester.

McArthur is expected to complete his move to the Foxes ahead of their weekend clash with Arsenal.

And Rosler will have a welcome boost in the region of £7million to fund his squad strengthening.

“It’s a fair amount for a very good player, one who has served us very well indeed,” Whelan told the Evening Post.

“I’ve always said I would never stand in the way of a player who had a chance like this. It wouldn’t be fair.

“All we asked was we received a fair fee, which we have, and the money will be going straight to Uwe for strengthening the squad.

“Replacements are already being looked at, but we are always looking at players who can improve the squad.

“Uwe will have access to all the funds we generate from sales - that’s normal procedure.”

McArthur joined Latics in the summer of 2010 from Hamilton, following in the footsteps of close pal James McCarthy.

Having paid around £1.6million for the pair, Latics have now recouped £20million in transfer fees from Leicester and Everton respectively.

“Those two lads have done so well for this football club,” Whelan added. “They both gave fantastic service, and we received fantastic transfer fees for them.

“James wanted to get back into the Premier League, and there were two clubs in for him.

“It’s difficult for us to say ‘no’ to a player in that situation - it’s impossible.”

Latics are still putting the finishing touches to the signing of Brentford midfielder Adam Forshaw, a few technical details standing between the 22-year-old and a reunion with his ex-Griffin Park manager. Forshaw has been earmarked as the long-term successor to Jordi Gomez in the Wigan midfield, meaning Latics would be looking to bring in an additional body to replace McArthur.

French striker Andy Delort remains a target, although Latics face competition from a number of clubs for his signature. His club, Tours, issued a statement yesterday, which read: “At the moment, not a single agreement has been found with this club (Wigan), even if discussions are ongoing. Discussions are also under way with several other clubs.”