In Focus: Everton place £20m price on McCarthy’s head

According to the Daily Mail, Everton are prepared to sell James McCarthy this summer, providing that they receive an offer in the region of £20m.

What’s the story?

McCarthy was one of Everton’s standout performers during the 2015-16 campaign, making 37 appearances in all competitions for the Merseyside outfit.

The Republic of Ireland international has been plagued with injuries in 2017, however, and only managed 12 Premier League appearances during the 2016-17 season.

According to the Daily Mail, Everton boss Ronald Koeman is an admirer of the 26-year-old, but the Dutchman would be prepared to sell the midfielder this summer if a club presented an offer of £20m.

McCarthy, who is currently on the sidelines with a hamstring problem, joined Everton from Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2013, and has made more than 120 appearances for the Toffees during his time on Merseyside.

Which clubs are in the hunt?

Newcastle United and West Ham United are both believed to be interested in signing McCarthy this summer, although it is understood that Newcastle lead the race.

Magpies boss Rafael Benitez has been handed a £100m war-chest in a bid to consolidate Newcastle as a Premier League club once again, and the Championship winners are said to be prepared to offer McCarthy a lucrative financial package.

Crystal Palace have also been credited with an interest, although the Eagles would be unable to match the wages that both Newcastle and West Ham could offer this summer.

Newcastle failed in a bid to bring McCarthy to the club in the January transfer window, with the midfielder keen to stay at the highest level of English football.

The Magpies appear to be moving in the right direction after securing a return to the Premier League, however, and McCarthy, who has once linked with Manchester United, could reignite his career at St James’ Park.