Everton boss Martinez dismisses McCarthy speculation

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has warned Arsenal off making a bid for midfielder James McCarthy after he was linked with the North London club over the weekend, writes ESPN.

The reports suggested that Arsenal were preparing a £16m offer for the Irishman when the transfer window reopens in January, and that they had identified the player as someone who would fit into manager Arsene Wenger’s favoured system.

However, Martinez has been quick to dismiss the story as untrue, reiterating that the 24-year-old is not for sale. He said: “James McCarthy is someone we rate very, very highly, otherwise you would never have seen the sort of investment we made in him just 15 months ago. We’re delighted with James’ form. I always believe that James is a typical Everton player, and that he can grow and get better. He’s got a long-term contract. It was a huge investment.

“I always enjoy seeing good reports on our players. I see the interest in, the potential interest in and the compliments paid to James from the outside. But James is a player we look forward to seeing in an Everton top for a long, long time.”

McCarthy, who will miss Everton’s game with Hull City on Wednesday evening due to a hamstring injury, followed Martinez in joining from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2013, having plied his trade in Lancashire from 2009 and gone on to win the FA Cup in his final season.

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