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Bid for 'wonderkid' McCarthy fails

Bid for 'wonderkid' McCarthy fails

James McCarthy is a player that has been 'linked' with us before, and now according to Hamilton chairman Ronnie McDonald we have made a 'written, formal offer' that has been rejected: 'Portsmouth have made a written, formal offer for James but we have rejected it out of hand as it does not come close to our valuation of the player.

'James has two years left on his contract and has repeatedly said he is happy here.

'He and the rest of our talented young players know we will not stand in their way when an offer comes in that right for them and for the club.

'There have been a lot of verbal inquiries and offers for James but Portsmouth is the first written offer.'

The amount offered is 'reported' as being £500,000 for the 18-year-old, whereas they are said to be holding out for £1m?

McCarthy, named Scotland's young Player of the Year, is said to have been watched several times by Pompey in recent months and after seeing him score twice against Kilmarnock at the weekend we made our move.

Even 'if' we could get him for £1m this would appear money well spent, as fees as much as £4m were being mentioned not too long ago with the likes of Barcelona, Liverpool and Celtic all said to be interested in the Irish midfielder.

Methinks that McDonald is making this interest public in the hope of opening a 'bidding war' for the youngster, which is something that we of course cannot, and will not, get involved in...

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Writer:pompeyrug
Date:Wednesday May 6 2009
Time: 8:41AM

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An 18 year old from Scotland. He may be talented up there but in the prem??? A bit of a squad player maybe, one for the future maybe?
storagematt
06/05/2009 09:24:00
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An 18 year old from Scotland. He may be talented up there but in the prem??? A bit of a squad player maybe, one for the future maybe?
storagematt
06/05/2009 09:24:00
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I'd never even heard of him before this morning..
jonathanl50
06/05/2009 09:27:00
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I'd never even heard of him before this morning..
jonathanl50
06/05/2009 09:27:00
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to be fair matt from what i have seen of the kid he looks a top talent - is it fair to tar all with the same brush just because they play in scotland, where the level of football is, with repsect, 'pretty poor'...
liverpool and barcelona have kept a check on him so he cannot be too shabby, apparently he had already rejected a move to liverpool back along as he felt it too soon.
'if', and it is a big if, we can sign him - something i would be pretty happy with - i would think he would be something more than a squad player.
pompeyrug
06/05/2009 09:28:00
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to be fair matt from what i have seen of the kid he looks a top talent - is it fair to tar all with the same brush just because they play in scotland, where the level of football is, with repsect, 'pretty poor'...
liverpool and barcelona have kept a check on him so he cannot be too shabby, apparently he had already rejected a move to liverpool back along as he felt it too soon.
'if', and it is a big if, we can sign him - something i would be pretty happy with - i would think he would be something more than a squad player.
pompeyrug
06/05/2009 09:28:00
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With our depleting squad numbers he could get a game next season then Rug?
bluedr
06/05/2009 10:13:00
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With our depleting squad numbers he could get a game next season then Rug?
bluedr
06/05/2009 10:13:00
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'if' he is as good as i suspect he could be, then even without depleting squad numbers then he could well be knocking on the door - with this likely to be the case he would be one of the first names on the teamsheets methinks...
pompeyrug
06/05/2009 10:25:00
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'if' he is as good as i suspect he could be, then even without depleting squad numbers then he could well be knocking on the door - with this likely to be the case he would be one of the first names on the teamsheets methinks...
pompeyrug
06/05/2009 10:25:00
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