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Friday 23 March 2018

Everton net £13m James McCarthy

Ireland star finally secures dream switch – but Long's Hull move hits skids

James McCarthy
James McCarthy
Marc Gibson, Darren Randolph, Robbie Brady and Shane Long sit out the Irish training session at Malahide yesterday - Long flew back to England later in the day when he was the subject of a £5m bid by Hull, but the deal fell through at the 11th hour
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

James McCarthy's protracted move to Everton went through at the last minute after Wigan finally accepted an offer worth in the region of £13 million on a frantic final day of the transfer window.

But his Ireland team-mate Shane Long wakes this morning as a West Brom player despite flying to Hull in an attempt to complete a £5 million move that failed to get across the line.

McCarthy secured his switch back to the Premier League after Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, who had described an earlier Toffees bid as 'ridiculous', said yes to a third offer received just before the 11.0pm deadline.

Ultimately, the dispute was related to the payment structure and add-ons with Everton initially looking to pay the amount over four years. Wigan were demanding a larger figure up front as they will also have to shell out substantial compensation to McCarthy's former club Hamilton.

McCarthy will link up again with his former manager Roberto Martinez and his lucrative move has the blessing of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.

"I have great respect for Martinez, he knows him very well and I am sure the possibility there will continue to increase James' confidence," said Trapattoni.

However, there was a surprise development when Long departed the Ireland camp for transfer discussions at Hull.

The Tigers agreed a club record £5 m fee with West Brom, but the move fell through when Baggies boss Steve Clarke was unable to secure suitable striking re-enforcements – Romelu Lukaku opted to join Everton on loan instead.

Long has been persistently linked with a move away from the Hawthorns this summer, although there was also discussions about the possibility of a Tipp native agreeing a new contract with the Midlanders.

There was no move for Kevin Doyle – despite tentative interest from Hull – because clubs are unwilling to match his £40,000-a-week wage so he stays in League One with Wolves. However, Stephen Ireland agreed a loan switch to Stoke City from Aston Villa and Shay Given is stuck with the latter after the possibility of a temporary move to Liverpool failed to get off the ground.

McCarthy and Long will rejoin the Ireland squad in Portmarnock this morning ahead of the World Cup double header with Sweden and Austria after a deadline day of contrasting fortunes.


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