Friday, May 17, 2013

Liverpool Target Callum McManaman & James McArthur

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers could swoop for Wigan stars Callum McManaman and James McArthur this summer, after the club was relegated from the Premier League.

Wigan dropped down to the Championship after a cruel defeat at Arsenal, just days after their heroic victory over Manchester City in the FA Cup.

But the top-flight sharks already appear to be eyeing up bids for Wigan's more talented players, principally British duo Callum McManaman and James McArthur.

Liverpool are thought to be leading the charge for the attack-minded pair, who have attracted a host of suitors this season having performed admirably in a struggling Latics side.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers was in attendance at the Emirates on Tuesday night to have a closer look at Roberto Martinez's team, having been particularly impressed by McManaman's man of the match display at Wembley on Saturday.

McArthur has also been watched by Arsenal and Chelsea scouts this campaign, while Sir Alex Ferguson was a known admirer of the Scot at Manchester United.

It may prove difficult to hold onto McArthur given his greater experience than McManaman, while the 22-year-old winger could stay at the DW Stadium if Martinez does having revealed a personal debt of gratitude to the Spaniard.

But the coveted Wigan boss insisted the Greater Manchester club will not be forced into cut-price deals for any of their players, but admitted some will want to move on.

"You cannot stop a player from going to a different level," said Martinez. "What you can affect is the value and timing. We are not in a position where we have to balance the books."

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