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The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Neil Fissler

WI­GAN look set to count the cost of fail­ing to re­turn to the Pre­mier League at the first at­tempt by los­ing highly rated mid­fielder James McArthur.

The Lat­ics were beaten in the Cham­pi­onship play-off semi-fi­nals by QPR and Uwe Rosler faces see­ing his squad torn apart.

The club are al­ready look­ing to trim around £1m off their wage bill as they look to make sav­ings ahead of an­other sea­son in the sec­ond tier.

One of the first play­ers look­ing to leave is Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional McArthur who is at­tract­ing plenty of in­ter­est from the top flight.

The cen­tral mid­fielder has made no se­cret of his de­sire to play in the Pre­mier League again.

Sean Dy­che, man­ager of new­lypro­moted Burn­ley, is a big fan of McArthur, who still has two years left on his Wi­gan con­tract.

For­mer Wi­gan boss Roberto Martinez is also an ad­mirer and is in the mar­ket to strengthen his Ever­ton squad fol­low­ing Euro­pean qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Wi­gan won’t sell cheap and will de­mand at least ten times the £500,000 they paid for him plus adds ons. PORTSMOUTH will this week bid to com­plete the sign­ing of out-of­con­tract Charl­ton Ath­letic mid­fielder Danny Hol­lands.

The 28-year-old ended the sea­son with five goals in seven games for Pom­pey in­clud­ing a fi­nal day hat-trick against Ply­mouth Ar­gyle in the Dock­yard Derby. BLACK­BURN ROVERS will try and snatch highly-rated Crewe striker Max Clay­ton on the cheap when his con­tract runs out next month.

Clay­ton, who has at­tracted scouts from a num­ber of leading clubs over the last two years, has re­fused to sign a new Gresty Road con­tract.

It would ap­pear he is gear­ing up for an exit this sum­mer af­ter an in­jury-hit sea­son.

Clay­ton, once rated at £3m, has not played a se­nior game for Crewe this year af­ter break­ing his an­kle in an FA Cup tie against Wy­combe Wan­der­ers.

Crewe would be en­ti­tled to a de­vel­op­ment fee for the 19-year-old but it will be much less than they could have ex­pected had they sold him on the open trans­fer mar­ket.

Black­burn boss Gary Bowyer is also in talks with out-of - con­tract Mill­wall winger Liam Feeney.

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