By Danny Wright
Leicester have made an approach for Everton midfielder James McCarthy, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the the Foxes have contacted the Merseyside club with an enquiry about the 26-year-old, who is valued at £25million.
It is understood that McCarthy is likely to exit Goodison Park at some stage this summer, but the hefty price tag that has been slapped on his head has led to a lack of bid being made while Newcastle, West Brom and Crystal Palace “weigh up” their options.
Everton’s Premier League rivals Leicester have already added one midfielder to their ranks this summer when they secured the signing of Vincente Iborra from Sevilla.
However the report says that Craig Shakespeare is willing to cut a few players from his squad ahead of next season to make room for some new faces.
Ronald Koeman certainly hasn’t been afraid to boost the numbers in his squad before selling players this summer.
New recruits Jordan Pickford, Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane and Sandro Ramirez will all be featuring for the Toffees next season while it is said that they remain in the hunt for Swansea’s attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Football Insider Verdict
McCarthy’s time at Goodison Park looks to be over, but the fee that Everton are demanding for him is ridiculous. There’s no way that the Irish international is worth £25million and if Koeman wants to earn back some of the cash he has already splashed, he must consider lowering the asking price to at most £20million. A move to the King Power would definitely be good for McCarthy. He’s a good player and deserves to play for a decent top flight team. Once Koeman offers the asking price, there no question that a number of clubs will come in for him and offer him a chance at reviving his career.
In other Everton news, the Toffees have completed the signing of this striker.