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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.