By Alex Taylor

Everton are preparing to sell midfield ace James McCarthy, according to a report.

The Sun claims that new boss Ronald Koeman would be willing to accept a £15million offer for McCarthy’s services. 

Several clubs have been put on alert by the news that the midfielder could be available in the winter transfer window.

McCarthy, 25, joined the Toffees in 2013 under then manager Roberto Martinez and is currently sidelined with a groin injury.

The former Wigan star has featured three times for Everton this season, providing just one assist in the EFL Cup game against Yeovil Town.

The news comes despite claims this summer from Everton owner Farhad Moshiri that £30m man Moussa Sissoko was not signed by the Merseysiders in order to preserve McCarthy’s place in the squad.

McCarthy – contracted with Everton until 2020 – has played 353 matches throughout his career, scoring 27 goals and providing 21 assists in over 28,000 minutes of football.

The Blues midfielder was an FA Cup winner with Wigan but is yet to pick up any silverware with his current club.

Everton have made a strong start to the Premier League this term and currently sit fourth after seven games in England’s top-flight.

Koeman’s side have already collected wins against West Brom, Sunderland and Stoke but are currently without a win in three games in all competitions.

In other Everton transfer news, fans were once again left wanting more from Ross Barkley on Twitter following his performance against Crystal Palace on Friday evening.