Wigan boss Owen Coyle wants to strengthen squad rather than dismantle it

Owen Coyle: Looking to add to his squad rather than sell players

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Owen Coyle has insisted he is focused on bringing in new players at Wigan Athletic, rather than losing any of his star men.

James McCarthy is among the players to have been linked with a move away from the DW Stadium this summer and speculation has mounted over a possible move to the Premier league, but Coyle maintains that there have been no offers.

Coyle is instead working hard to bolster his squad and has revealed that Wigan are currently in pursuit of one 'very good player'.

"We know that rival clubs are more than aware of the quality we have at this football club," Coyle told Wigan Today.

"All I can do as a manager is prepare them for the games and concentrate on that. Everything else is out of our control, but we still haven't even had an enquiry for any of our players let alone a firm bid.

"As a manager, I am comfortable with that but, like anything else, we are always looking to plan ahead.

"And I am looking to add to the squad, not dismantle it.

"We're chasing one very good player as we speak. Whether we're able to get him in remains to be seen, but I'm certainly not finished adding to the quality we have here."

Coyle is under no pressure to sell but has made it clear to McCarthy that he would be prepared to let him go to a big club for the right price.

He added: "It was difficult for James in the summer. His head was all over the place.

"I've said to James that if a Champions League club comes in for him - and he's that good he can play for anyone in that top six - I won't stand in his way.

"But we don't have to sell anybody."

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