Everton have made it fairly clear they will not be pursuing a vast amount of activity during the summer transfer window but there is still the possibility of deals taking place – particularly outgoing business.
The Daily Mail states Premier League rivals Bournemouth have joined the hunt for James McCarthy, who has recently returned from a lengthy injury and is yet to feature for the Toffees since Marco Silva took charge.
McCarthy, who earns £50k-a-week according to Spotrac, has 18 months remaining on his contract at Goodison Park and a fight for his signature has emerged with Everton ready to accept a departure, as Fulham are also keen along with Championship duo West Brom and Aston Villa.
The 28-year-old central midfielder would face a stern fight to earn opportunities with Everton if he was to remain at the club as he finds himself behind Idrissa Gueye and Barcelona loanee Andre Gomes in the pecking order, which means he may seek an exit.
Bournemouth see him as the ideal replacement for injured England international Lewis Cook and have one more slot for a Premier League loanee after landing Nathaniel Clyne from Liverpool earlier this month.
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