Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has lined up Wigan midfielder James McCarthy to fill Yohan Cabaye's shoes.

Pardew has joined Everton in the battle to sign the Republic of Ireland international with the relegated FA Cup winners' chairman Dave Whelan demanding around £15m.

Everton's ex-Latics boss Roberto Martinez - and the Magpies - are likely to value the 22-year-old at around £10m though.

Martinez has denied lodging a bid for the player he managed at the DW Stadium.

But he remains a huge admirer and is likely to ramp up interest if Marouane Fellaini joins Manchester United.

Martinez said: “There has been no bid made. I think it’s quite easy to understand that James is a player I signed at a young age.

“I have got huge admiration for him so it doesn’t take anyone much to create a little bit of a story.

“But while the window is open you always need to be actively looking around to see if you can get anyone to help the squad.”

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has told McCarthy that he won't stand in his way of a Premier League move - if the price is right.

And Latics manager Owen Coyle warned the top flight clubs circling McCarthy: “They had better be respectful to Wigan Athletic. We don’t have to sell anybody and that would be reflected if anybody did come looking.”