Burnley have tabled a £4 million offer for Wigan’s James McArthur, but have seen the bid rejected by the Championship club, reports the Daily Mail. The Clarets had been hoping to add McArthur’s Premier League know-how to their squad as they prepare to retain their top flight status next season.
Sean Dyche’s men kick-off their campaign against Chelsea on Monday night, but had hoped to have signed the Wigan man before then. McArthur flourished under Roberto Martinez whilst Wigan were competing in the Premier League, but decided against a move away from the Latics upon their relegation in 2013.
Given that Uwe Rosler was unsuccessful in masterminding their immediate promotion out of the second tier last season, however, it is expected that McArthur will leave the club should an appropriate offer come in. His valuation sits higher than £4 million, though, and it remains to be seen whether Burnley will return to increase their offer.
McArthur joined Wigan in 2010 from Scottish side Hamilton. He has since made 151 appearances for the club, establishing himself as a firm fans favourite. His best period was had during Wigan’s spell in the Premier League, however, where he proved himself as one of the stronger of their squad. Whilst many jumped ship as Wigan were relegated last season, however, he remained loyal to the club and will likely leave on good terms should his price be met.