By Harry Sykes
Newcastle are lining up a move for a second Everton player after losing out on Brendan Galloway, according to a report.
The Mail claim that the north-east giants are keen on signing midfielder James McCarthy after he slipped down the pecking order at Goodison Park.
It is said that Rafael Benitez is keen to take the 25-year-old to St James’ Park if Everton persist in talks over wantaway Newcastle star Moussa Sissoko.
Sunderland are also keen on landing McCarthy, while a number of clubs would be interested in a loan deal for the player.
This comes after the Chronicle’s chief sports writer Lee Ryder reported on Monday morning that Galloway’s expected move to Newcastle had collapsed.
It has been widely reported the Everton left-back was headed to the north-east giants for the season but West Brom announced him as their new signing on Monday afternoon on a season-long loan deal.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) August 22, 2016
Republic of Ireland international McCarthy has found himself starting the season at right wing back as Ronald Koeman opts for Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye as his preferred central midfield partnership.
McCarthy was then taken off for tactical reasons against West Brow after just 38 minutes in Saturday’s 2-1 win for the Merseysiders at the Hawthorns.
McCarthy played most of last season through hamstring and groin injuries and carried that into Euro 2016. He remains a key figure for his country under the managerial partnership of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club are close to sealing a deal for a 28-year-old.