West Brom and Aston Villa chasing Everton’s James McCarthy

As reported by The Daily Mail, both West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa are hoping to sign James McCarthy in this month’s transfer window.

What’s the story?

James McCarthy has struggled to get regular first team football at Everton this season and could be on the way out of the club this January with a number of clubs tracking his situation.

The Mail reckon both West Brom and Aston Villa want him to make the move to the West Midlands with the two clubs both making enquiries to Everton this week.

West Brom may hold the upper hand with Villa thought to be operating on a stricter budget.

No future at Goodison?

McCarthy had been a regular starter for Everton in the three seasons prior to Ronald Koeman’s arrival in Liverpool but has struggled to force his way into the Dutchman’s plans.

He’s started just 6 games this season, though did make three starts in a row in December before picking up a hamstring problem.

Still just 26, he has plenty to offer any potential new club with his determination, tackling and ability to drive forward often being a positive for the Toffees.

With the emergence of Idrissa Gueye and the steady hand of Gareth Barry, there is a fair bit of competition at Goodison right now and move away could be the best thing for all parties.