Darren Bent has revealed he is baffled by Everton’s £10million demands for James McCarthy as Crystal Palace table a bid for the midfielder.
The former England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that it is almost impossible to place a price tag on any player nowadays, with the transfer market distorted by the varying fees paid for players of differing quality.
Everton signed Fabian Delph from Manchester City for an initial £8.5million but as revealed by Football Insider, the Toffees are holding out for a fee of at least £10million for McCarthy as Palace make a move to sign the Republic of Ireland international.
Bent admits that the developments at Goodison Park have got him scratching his head, suggesting McCarthy should not be in the same price bracket as Everton’s latest capture.
“It’s so hard talking about price tags,” Bent told Football Insider.
“Everything in today’s market is crazy. Say he goes to Crystal Palace for £10million and you’ve got an established England international in Fabian Delph who’s come to Everton for £8million.
“Things just don’t make sense. At the end of the day, whatever Everton feel that his value is to them is what people have to pay. If we try and judge players on market value and transfer fees, it’s not going to make any sense.
“People are going to look at those two transfers and go: ‘Hold on. Fabian Delph’s already in the England squad, come from Manchester City, won the Premier League, won big trophies,’ and then you’ve got McCarthy – had big injuries, not really featured. It doesn’t quite add up.”
McCarthy has played just once in the Premier League since suffering a broken leg against West Brom, making a 14-minute cameo against Manchester United in April.
He has 133 games under his belt for the Toffees and a total of 223 top-flight appearances to his name during his time at both Everton and Wigan Athletic.
In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED that the club have agreed the terms of a £29million deal.