McCarthy: Top men not for sale

McCarthy is looking to strengthen his squad and is known to be an

admirer of Birmingham defender Roger Johnson and West Ham’s Matthew

Upson. In the past two years he has raided other relegated clubs to

sign Doyle, Steven Fletcher and Stephen Hunt from Reading, Burnley

and Hull respectively. But at the other end of the scale he is

aware his most prized assets could come under the microscope.

McCarthy said: “If someone wants to try and take Matt and Kevin off

us, any of our top stars, it is not going to be easy for them – and

they are going to be expensive. “That’s not saying they are for

sale. They are not for sale. “But neither was Cristiano Ronaldo a

couple of years ago, neither were Fernando Torres and Andy Carroll

this season – but £50million and £35million changed that

a little bit!” Wolves only escaped relegation on the final day of

the season and McCarthy knows West Ham, Blackpool and Birmingham

are vulnerable to losing players after going down. He said: “Of

course they are vulnerable. We would have been vulnerable had we

gone down. It is the way it is.”