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West Bromwich Albion are lining up a bid for Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy in spite of the interest in him from Newcastle United, according to the Daily Mirror.

A midfielder is high up on the shopping list for Tony Pulis at The Hawthorns after his skipper Darren Fletcher left the club to move to Stoke City recently and the Everton enforcer could be his man.

McCarthy has spent four years at Goodison Park but despite having a big fan in chairman Bill Kenwright his spell there could be coming to an end with Ronald Koeman believed to be content to sell the midfielder.

Pulis was forced to admit defeat in his bid to retain the services of Fletcher and needs to move quickly to fill the gap left but it is said he will have to pay as much as £15 million for the former Wigan man.

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Newcastle were keen to attract the Everton man to St Jamesí Park but that fee is more than they are willing to pay which leaves the door open for the Baggies to muscle in and sign the 26-year-old.

McCarthy would arrive at The Hawthorns with plenty of experience in the engine room after 104 total appearances for Everton combined with 41 caps for his country.