Toffees chief Roberto Martinez has been chasing his former player for much of the summer, as he plans for Marouane Fellaini’s potential switch to Manchester United.
The Spaniard is desperate to push through a deadline day deal, and even upped his opening £7m bid from yesterday.
Despite being relegated to the Championship, Wigan are in no rush to sell, but are willing to do business for the right price.
The Irish international himself is keen to return to the top tier, which has alerted Martinez.
A deal could be reached if Fellaini does secure a late move to United.
The Belgian would, likely, command a fee in the region of £20m, leaving Everton with plenty of cash to fund a move for McCarthy.
Meanwhile, Everton are also keen on securing a loan deal for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry.
The England international is open to leaving the Etihad Stadium in search of regular first-team football.
He is also willing to take a significant cut on his £100,000-per-week earnings.
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