By Harvey Byrne
Crystal Palace will revive their bid to sign Everton midfielder James McCarthy in January, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the London side will return for the Republic of Ireland international in the winter window after they had lined up a season-long loan deal for the 25-year-old on deadline day.
It is understood that Palace’s bid fell through when Everton’s deal to bring in Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle collapsed, with the France international heading to White Hart Lane in one of the biggest transfer twists of the summer.
McCarthy is due to undergo hernia surgery during the international break and is believed to be unhappy at Goodison Park after new boss Ronald Koeman has made it clear that he will start with Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye in the centre of his midfield.
The versatile player has started the new season playing in the right wing-back position for the Toffees after Seamus Coleman suffered an ankle injury.
However, he was brought off after just 38 minutes in the Premier League clash against West Brom earlier in the season.
McCarthy still has four years left on his current contract following his £13million move from Wigan in the summer of 2013.
He has represented the Merseyside club in 116 encounters, but has been dismayed at falling down the squad’s midfield pecking order in the new campaign.
In other Everton transfer news, David Moyes has made his ninth Sunderland signing after bringing in former Toffees striker Victor Anichebe.