Everton have received a bid of £8 million for midfielder James McCarthy, according to Sky Sports.
Though it seems realistic that a move to Palace could come to fruition for the 41 cap Republic of Ireland international.
Having suffered from a tibia and fibula fracture, McCarthy only made one appearance for Everton in the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign – which came in the form of a 14-minute cameo at the end of a 4-0 win against Manchester United.
That this is the case, despite him being available for selection from January, shows that he could be considered as a fringe player at Everton, meaning he will struggle to get much game time.
Speaking after Palace’s 1-0 friendly loss against Nottingham Forest, Roy Hodgson made it clear he feels he needs more recruits: “As you saw today, we are pretty much at the bare bones – there was not very much on the bench that we could use because there were a lot of young players that have no experience.
“We would like more players, we are not alone in that respect, but I’m trusting the chairman and Dougie Freedman to bring about the signings that are possible for us.”
James McArthur and Luka Milivojevic were the holding midfielders on the day, with no recognised name on the bench it seems as though McCarthy wouldn’t have too much competition for places.
This would be a good move for all parties, with Everton getting a fair fee for somebody they are not likely to utilise that much throughout the season.
It is also great for McCarthy, as he will want to get on the pitch as regularly as possible after fighting his way back from injury – which will be much more likely to come at Selhurst Park.
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