Everton are ready to sell James McCarthy in January for a fee in the region of £13 million, with a Premier League scramble for his services expected according to The Daily Star.

The Republic of Ireland international was a favourite of former Toffees boss Roberto Martinez, who signed him for Wigan and then brought the star to Goodison Park.

However, since the Spanish trainer’s departure from the Merseyside club, McCarthy has found regular first-team football in the Premier League hard to come by.

The summer signing of Idrissa Gueye has relegated the former Hamilton Academicals man to a fringe role, with the 25-year-old becoming frustrated with his lack of opportunities to play.

Tottenham have been linked with a move for the Glasgow-born battler on a number of occasions in the past, while it is believed that there will be no shortage of Premier League suitors for McCarthy should Ronald Koeman opt to sell him in the new year.


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