Wigan had accepted a £7m offer for the 26-year-old after rejecting an initial bid of £5m, but McArthur was left wondering what had happened when Leicester then announced the signing of the Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, who agreed a one-year deal after leaving Inter Milan.
"The chairman [Dave Whelan] made a decision to accept a bid from Leicester in terms of valuation but we didn't accept the pay structure of the deal," said Uwe Roesler, the Wigan manager. "Then Leicester left James McArthur in limbo. It's very difficult for us to understand. I feel sorry for James. I think James got used in a way. We and James have to live with that. Now we have to make sure we get James right again."
Roesler said he will hold talks with the former Hamilton player, who trained with Wigan yesterday and could be involved in their Championship fixture against Birmingham today. "I told him that I would never have sold him, but we came to a level where the chairman made a decision."