Reid won't halt McCarthy move
Billy Reid admits he would back the sale of James McCarthy but only if the price was right.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 15/05/09 2:20pm
Hamilton manager Billy Reid has admitted that he would back the sale of midfielder James McCarthy but only if the price was right.
The newly crowned PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year was the subject of a bid from champions Celtic on Thursday believed to be around £500,000.
Hamilton politely rejected the offer but Reid knows that keeping hold of the 18-year-old will prove almost impossible this summer.
McCarthy is no stranger to transfer speculation having been linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe during his time at New Douglas Park.
Portsmouth and Swansea have also recently been linked with the player but the youngster is said to favour a move to Celtic rather than England.
"James is an asset for this football club. If he has to move on then the club have got to get the going rate for him," Reid told the Daily Record.
Wants the best
"He is learning all the time with us so I would be delighted if he stays but I just want the best for James McCarthy.
"The development and progress he has made at Hamilton has been staggering. I think we could develop him more but there will come a time when he wants to leave.
"If James does move on this summer then I certainly will not be the guy that stands in his way and that I guarantee."
The Swans have been reported as offering as much as £4million for the Accies ace but their chairman Huw Jenkins denies the interest.
"I thought April Fools' Day was last month," he told the Swansea Evening Post. "This is fantasy football."
Hamilton are in a strong position to demand a high fee for their prized asset after he signed a three-year contract just last summer.