RUMOUR: Newcastle & West Ham want £20m rated McCarthy

James McCarthy could be on his way out of Goodison Park in the summer transfer window, with a number of clubs said to be keen on the Everton midfielder.

The 26-year-old Republic of Ireland international has endured a nightmarish season with a series of injuries limiting him to just 12 Premier League appearances, seven of which were starts.

Despite his lack of game time and injury woes, McCarthy is still viewed as a viable target for clubs seeking to strengthen their squads ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace are set to fight it out for the services of the Irishman, who may find reclaiming a place in the Everton midfield more difficult next term with the emergence of players such as Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies.

The newspaper also reports that Everton have slapped a £20m (€23m) price tag on the former Wigan Athletic man.

Should the move transpire as the report suggests, McCarthy, who joined the Toffees in 2013 for (£13.5m) could well become the most expensive Irish footballer in history, passing out Robbie Keane, who joined Liverpool from Tottenham for £19m.

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