A report published by The Daily Mail has claimed that Aston Villa are interested in signing Everton midfielder James McCarthy.

The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international is seemingly now surplus to requirements at Goodison Park under Marco Silva.

The report suggests that Everton are willing to let him go this month with the likes of Villa, Bournemouth, Fulham, Villa and West Brom being linked.

McCarthy recently made a return to full fitness after having suffered a double fracture to his leg in January 2018. During that time, the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Andre Gomes, Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies have all managed to move above him in the club’s pecking order.

Villa could certainly use someone of his experience and ability, with Dean Smith’s men in the hunt for promotion from the Championship this season.

McCarthy joined the Merseysiders from Wigan Athletic in 2013. Since then, he has gone on to make 132 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals. He was a first-team regular when the club was managed by Roberto Martinez between 2013-16.

He has also made 41 international appearances for the Republic of Ireland and was a participant for his country at Euro 2016.

McCarthy may now be surplus to requirements at Everton, however, he still has many good years of football left in him and is good enough to play for many mid-table Premier League clubs and top Championship clubs.

Villa have already been active in the January transfer window and bringing in another player or two will restore belief in the fans that the Birmingham-based club can go one step better than last season.

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