Date: 20th July 2009 at 7:29pm
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Hamilton Academical midfielder James McCarthy has agreed to join Wigan Athletic for a fee of about £1.2m rising to £3m depending on appearances. Wigan expect the deal to be concluded within the next 24 hours.

The Clarets had also been linked to the player some weeks ago but their bid was turned down. A number of clubs had been linked with the player including Portsmouth and Celtic but of late the higher bids by Wolves, Wigan and Tottenham Hotspur appeared to have priced the others out of the market.

Wolves in particular appeared to have won the race to sign the 18 year old whizz kid only last week after the Accies accepted an offer and allowed the player to have talks with the Wolves gaffer, Mick McCarthy.

It looks like the shorter distance to travel from his native Scotland may have been a factor in his decision to join Wigan but either way Clarets fans can now scratch another name off the list.

Roberto Martinez has now snaffled two of our targets after also signing Jason Scotland for £2 million recently.Scotland signed a 3 year contract with Wigan last week (pending international and visa approval)