Republic of Ireland International James McCarthy is being connected with a summer move from Wigan to either Chelsea or Arsenal for a fee of £15 million.

Both London clubs believe the 22-year-old midfielder has the potential to be a top class performer after another excellent season for Roberto Martinez's side.

Wigan are yet again involved in their annual scrap to avoid relegation from the Premier Division and if they were to make the drop McCarthy is expected to move to pastures new.

Recent reports had linked the Glasgow born player with a move to Manchester United, while Liverpool have also expressed an interest in the past.  

Billy Reid, who gave McCarthy his Hamilton Academical debut at the age of just 15, told The Independent newspaper that McCarthy can go on to a team at the opposite end of the table.

"I still don't think he's realised his potential yet. That's no disrespect to Wigan, I think he can go and play for one of the top teams in England."

The former Republic of Ireland international Ray Houghton, an old friend of McCarthy's family, also from the Castlemilk district of Glasgow, agrees. "He's at a good age now. He's probably at a stage now where he might need to move on to improve."

McCarthy's talents will be on view to a world wide stage on Saturday next when he lines out in the FA Cup final at Wembley against Manchester City.