Football League transfer talk: Including no McCarthy offers, fight for Derby youngster

Derby County, Wigan Athletic, Queens Park Rangers and Bolton Wanderers all feature.

Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle says there have been no offers for midfielder James McCarthy.

“I've not had any inquiries, let alone offers, for any of my players. But ultimately good players attract attention and there's no getting away from it, James McCarthy is such a hugely talented player,” said Coyle.

Bolton Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman says he will target more signings before the close of the transfer window. Bolton started the new season with a 1-1 draw away at Burnley and Freedman says a few more fresh faces could have Bolton challenging for Premier League promotion.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says he’s in the market for a striker after Charlie Austin signed for Queens Park Rangers.

“We're looking to use what we've got, and there were good signs there. We still want to be productive scoring wise and we are in the market to see if we can bring someone in to improve the squad,” said the Burnley boss.

Birmingham City boss Lee Clark says he expects Marlon King to leave the club this week. The Birmingham boss says the situation surrounding the forward hasn’t changed, after he was told that he would be allowed to leave the club on a free transfer following the end of last season.

Derby County boss Nigel Clough expects heavy interest in youngster Will Hughes. Several top sides were reportedly scouting the 18-year-old last season and Clough says some good performances at the start of this season could see some bids going in for the player before the close of the transfer window.

Harry Redknapp remains confident that Queens Park Rangers can keep Joey Barton at the Championship club.

“If he stays here, fantastic. He's not been a minute's problem for me. I had never worked with him before, but he has come in and trained hard every day and showed a lot of quality in training,” said the QPR boss.

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