Reports emanating out of England this morning suggest that Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy could be on the verge of signing for Tottenham Hotspur with talks over a possible transfer set to take place with Everton.
McCarthy has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park during the current transfer window after contract talks broke down. Manchester City were linked with the Glasgow born midfielder until they finally completed the signing of Fabian Delph, after he had originally rejected City.
Former Wigan man McCarthy has reportedly become disillusioned with contract negotiations with his current club who have failed to meet his demands. Tottenham are currently monitoring his situation as they seek to re-enforce their central-midfield after the loss of Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli.
Everton value McCarthy at €28million but this is unlikely to deter the North Londoners who will look to make an initial bid with a view to coming to an agreement that suits all parties. Mauricio Pochettino has already signed a series of defenders so far this summer in Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid, Kieran Trippier from Burnley and Kevin Wimmer from Cologne.
His counterpart on Merseyside, Roberto Martinez, will be keen to hold off any approach for one of his star players. The Spanish manager has been adamant that he will retain the services of McCarthy and key defender John Stones who has been attracting interest from Chelsea.
Aaron Lennon, who moved on-loan to Everton for the second half of last season, could be used as a makeshift by Spurs to ensure the deal goes through.
McCarthy moved to the Toffees from Wigan in 2013 in a deal worth €18million. The 24-year-old has been linked with moves to both Manchester clubs in recent times but now appears as if he could be on his way to White Hart Lane.
Elsewhere, Irish winger turn left-back Robbie Brady has completed a €10million move back to the Premier League with his transfer from Hull City to Norwich City. The 23-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Canaries.