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Hamilton boss Reid prepared to lose Wigan, Leeds target McArthur

Hamilton boss Billy Reid admits he's unsure over the sale of midfielder James McArthur.

The midfielder was tipped for a summer departure after attracting the interest of Wigan Athletic and also being linked with Rangers and Leeds United.

However, the 22-year-old - who has a year left on his deal at Accies - has yet to be snapped up, meaning a weeks of uncertainty so far for both the player and the club.

"It's been ongoing and I actually feel for the lad to be honest," said Reid. "He's been back training and I don't think there is any point speculating. At the moment, James McArthur is a Hamilton player.

"I thought he was brilliant again last season. For me, he is one of the better midfield players in Scotland and I think he has proved that.

"He has done it against the top teams. But finance talks. I sometimes think because the lads play for Hamilton Accies, people don't rate them as highly as I do. Maybe I over-rate them but James' performances on the park speak for themselves.

"It's a double-edged sword. We have put a lot of work into James McArthur and it would be nice if the club was reimbursed for what it has put in. But if he is a Hamilton Accies player next season, I'll be absolutely delighted.

"If he goes, I've got to replace him. I've already lost James Wesolowski in the middle of the park so to lose two players of that stature would be a big, big loss for me.

"The longer it goes on, the more difficult it is for me but we will see what happens."

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