According to Simon Jones of the Mail Online, Crystal Palace ‘maintain a desire’ to sign James McCarthy for Everton’s asking price of £10m. The Eagles recently had a £8m offer rebuffed, but it appears they could return for the £50k-per-week midfielder before the transfer window shuts.
McCarthy doesn’t appear to have a future at Goodison Park after struggling for fitness and playing time in his last three seasons at Everton. Marco Silva and Marcel Brands worked on deals to sign Andre Gomes and Fabian Delph this summer and could add Jean-Philippe Gbamin to the ranks if latest reports are to be believed.
The 28-year-old would have stiff competition for a starting place, not including Morgan Schneiderlin and Tom Davies, and may need to leave Everton for regular first-team football this season. Palace may have to challenge Newcastle for McCarthy’s signature, with the Magpies having bid £5m in July, but Mail Online believe the former are still leading the race.
Everton would take a hit on the Republic of Ireland midfielder, having paid £13m and agreed a £2.6m-a-year contract in 2013, but they’re still getting a good return on a player that has racked up only 832 minutes of Premier League football in the last three seasons.