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Tottenham join Arsenal in race for Everton midfielder

Tottenham have joined north London rivals Arsenal in the race for Everton midfielder James McCarthy, according to MailOnline.

The Gunners had been linked with a surprise move for the 24-year-old and were reportedly willing bid as much as £20m for his services.

But Spurs are also keeping a close eye on developments this January and could test Everton’s resolve with a bid thought to be in the region of £12million.

McCarthy joined the Toffees from Wigan Athletic in a £13million switch in 2013 and Everton boss Roberto Martinez has recently hinted he would be prepared to discuss a new contract with the midfielder, after a number of impressive performances this season.

Tottenham’s new head of recruitment Paul Mitchell is a huge admirer of McCarthy from their time at Southampton together and he believes the Republic of Ireland international would fit perfectly into Mauricio Pochettino’s pressing style.

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