Stoke City keen to strike up transfer deal with Everton for energetic ace

According to reports from The Daily Mail, Stoke City have enquired into the availability of Everton midfielder James McCarthy.

The Republic of Ireland international followed manager Roberto Martinez to Goodison Park from Wigan in summer 2013, after lifting a shock FA Cup title with the Latics.

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The industrious midfielder has since established himself as a regular of the Toffees’ starting Xi but struggled for form at times last season and may not be such an important figure in the plans of Martinez’s managerial successor, Ronald Koeman.

Indeed, the Dutchman is known to be on the the lookout for a powerful midfielder, with the likes of Zenit St. Petersburg’s Axel Witsel, Portugal international William Carvalho and countryman Kevin Strootman on the Goodison gaffer’s radar.

Accordingly, The Daily Mail claim Stoke City have ‘checked’ on whether the Toffees would be prepared to part with the 25-year-old this summer, although it appears they’re yet to receive a formal response.