The Irish international completed a £15m deadline day switch to Goodison Park from Wigan, following ex-manager Roberto Martinez to Merseyside to replace Marouane Fellaini.
As one of the Latics’ standout performers as they were relegated last term interest in his signature was high, but the Spaniard swooped late to offer him a Championship escape route.
Now, having penned a long-term deal at the club, McCarthy has set his sights on getting Everton into Europe.
“I wanted to come here, establish myself and get some games under my belt. To be honest, I was speechless and I’m just delighted to be here,” McCarthy told the club’s official website.
“I think as a club it’s got everything going for it. I think we can push top-six at least.”
The Scottish-born midfielder also hailed Martinez as key in his decision to join the Toffees.
“I worked under him for four years at Wigan. They were four brilliant years to be honest and I loved every minute of it. All his coaching staff are here and there are a good bunch of boys [in the squad] because I know a few of them,” he added.
“It was a no-brainer to be honest. I’m delighted to get it all over.
“He’s told me to come here and work hard. I’m not guaranteed my place – rightly so – but I will come here and give it my best shot.”
McCarthy arrived alongside Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku in a flurry of late transfer activity.
The midfielder also joins former Wigan team-mates Arouna Kone, Antolin Alcaraz and Joel Robles, all of whom have already been signed by Martinez.
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