McCarthy is a massive fan of the Republic of Ireland striker and has made it clear that any offers from the Reds will be turned down.
“He’s inked in in my team every week. I’m just not having it. They might like him, of course they do.
“I’m certain a lot of them like him. But I really was sincere in the fact that I would now tell them to get lost.
“Where would we go to replace him? We couldn’t. Imagine if someone took one of my best players, it would rip the heart out of the team.
“Roger Johnson and Jamie O’Hara came here with the belief we were keeping all our best players, so I don’t think that would happen.”