Date: 6th May 2009 at 8:42am
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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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