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Leeds continue McArthur battle with Wigan Athletic

Leeds United are locked in a transfer battle with Wigan Athletic for Hamilton midfielder James McArthur.

The Sunday Mirror says the Latics believed they had sealed an £800,000 deal for the highly-rated young midfielder following his successful three-day trial at the DW Stadium just before the end of the season.

McArthur, 22, was looking forward to linking up with former Accies team-mate James McCarthy, who left the Scottish outfit in a £1.2million switch to Wigan 11 months ago.

But promoted Leeds have contacted Hamilton chairman Ronnie MacDonald and tabled a counter-bid of £1m with add-ons.

A source said: "Leeds are going for back-to-back promotions and, if they make it back to the top flight, then obviously they are a bigger club than Wigan."

McArthur said: "The ­prospect of a move really excites me. I am ready for it."

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