By Tom Blackburn
Everton midfielder James McCarthy has told senior club officials that he wants to leave this summer, according to a report.
The Mail claim that McCarthy had a meeting on Friday and expressed his desire to leave for first-team football.
The report claims Newcastle, Sunderland, Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and Celtic have all expressed an interest in the 25-year-old, valued at around £20m by the club.
The Mail claimed earlier this week that Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is interested in bringing McCarthy to Parkhead.
The Ireland international has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison Park with the arrival of Aston Villa’s Idrissa Gueye, and was even played out of position at right-back in the Toffees’ first two league games.
He was taken off after 38 minutes against West Brom in a tactical switch.
Ronald Koeman has an array of midfielders available to him and is also looking to add another option, with a rumoured move for Newcastle’s Moussa Sissoko possible before the transfer window shuts.
McCarthy has been a mainstay in the Everton side following his £13million move from Wigan three years ago, and still has four years remaining on his Goodison Park deal.
In the last three seasons, the former Hamilton star has made 113 league and cup encounters for the Toffees and has become popular with the Merseyside club’s fanbase.
In other Everton transfer news, they submit a new striker offer in Friday crunch talks.