Celtic want to land out-of-favour Everton midfielder James McCarthy on loan in January, with scope for a permanent deal next summer, according to Herald Scotland.

The Republic of Ireland international has only started three Premier League games this season under Ronald Koeman, with the summer signing of Idrissa Gueye nullifying his role in the team.

McCarthy is highly rated in England and has been linked with big-money moves to the likes of Tottenham Hotspur in the past.

However, the sacking of Roberto Martinez, who managed him at both Wigan Athletic and Everton, could well bring his Goodison Park tenure to a close.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has been successful in attracting a number of able players from the Premier League up to Scotland, with the ambitious move for McCarthy potentially on the cards.

The Scottish champions would surely face competition from a host of English sides should McCarthy be available in the new year.

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