Date: 8th August 2019 at 12:21pm
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Everton midfielder James McCarthy has completed a permanent transfer to Crystal Palace for an undisclosed fee, the club have confirmed.

The Republic of Ireland international had entered the final year of his contract at Goodison Park, but leaves after six seasons in Royal Blue as Marco Silva deemed the midfielder surplus to requirements.

His departure is believed to have seen Palace pay £3million, despite reports prior to his move suggesting a figure in the region of £8million had been agreed for the 41-cap man, who made one appearance last season.

McCarthy’s Blues career had stagnated following a double leg break in 2018, although his game time was already on the decline following an injury ravished 2016/17 campaign, which saw the 28-year-old sidelined with groin and hamstring injuries.

The 5 ft 9 defensive midfielder last featured regularly for the club in the 2015/16 term, when he made 29 Premier League appearances with consistent outings in the starting line-up under Roberto Martinez.

Everton fans have been reacting in their droves to the club’s confirmation of McCarthy’s departure, with many wishing the 2013 FA Cup winner well with his future endeavours.

Others have reflected on how his move to Selhurst Park could impact our advances for Palace star Wilfried Zaha, given reports have suggested McCarthy was included in our improved offer.

Here’s how these fans reacted to the Republic of Ireland international’s £3million exit…

 

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