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16th Aug, 2016 | 10:35pm

Everton field approach for 25-year-old mainstay from top-tier rivals - reliable journalist

By Will Butcher

Sunderland manager David Moyes has made an approach for Everton midfielder James McCarthy, according to a reliable journalist.

The 25-year-old was played as a right wing-back during Saturday’s opening Premier League encounter against Tottenham, as manager Ronald Koeman looked to incorporate new signing Idrissa Gueye.

Bleacher Report journalist Dean Jones revealed via his personal Twitter account that Moyes is looking to sign McCarthy after starting young American midfielder Lynden Gooch against Manchester City.

Sunderland are depleted in the central midfield area, after allowing Liam Bridcutt to join Leeds and failing to bring Yann M’Vila to the Stadium of Light permanently following last season’s loan spell on Wearside.

Koeman has an array of midfielders available to him, with Gueye, Darren Gibson, Tom Cleverley, Muhamed Besic, Gareth Barry, and even playmaker Ross Barkley all recognised as possible options.

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This could mean that Koeman sees McCarthy as surplus to requirements, if the two clubs can agree a price for the Scottish-born midfielder.

McCarthy has been a mainstay in the Everton side following his £13million move from Wigan three years ago, and has four years remaining on his Goodison Park deal.

In the last three seasons, the former Hamilton star has made 113 league and cup encounters for the Toffees and has since become popular among the Merseyside club’s fanbase.

Everton’s number 16 is renowned for his impressive array of passing, as well as his ability to break up opposition play.

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