Manchester City make move for McCarthy after Delph snub

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Manchester City are set to make a move for Everton

midfielder James McCarthy following Fabian Delph ’s

decision to stay at Aston Villa .

City will rival Arsenal and Tottenham for the 24-year-old’s

signature after he informed Everton that he is looking to

leave the club this summer .

McCarthy is upset over broken promises concerning a new

contract offer but Everton are desperate to keep him on

Merseyside and have set a £25 million asking price.

City are admirers of McCarthy and are set to make a bid for

the Republic of Ireland international as they look to boost

their quota of homegrown players.

Manuel Pellegrini thought a deal was in place to sign Villa

captain Delph for £8m only for the player to pull out of a

move at the last minute and commit to staying at Villa Park.

McCarthy has emerged as City’s alternative signing in

central midfield but they are unlikely to sign the former

Wigan man for less than £20m.

Arsenal are closely monitoring McCarthy’s situation after

long-term target Morgan Schneiderlin joined Manchester

United from Southampton, while Tottenham are understood

to be 'pushing hard’ for an agreement with Everton.

Tottenham remain slight favourites to sign McCarthy should

he leave Everton, with the player wary of limited starting

opportunities if he signs for City instead.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino believes McCarthy

would be well-suited to the club’s tactics due to his high-

energy playing style.

The north Londoners also hope to use Everton’s interest in

Aaron Lennon, who spent six month on loan at Goodison

Park last season, to broker a deal.

McCarthy followed Everton manager Roberto Martinez to

the club from Wigan in 2013 for a £13m transfer fee.

He has been one of the Toffees' key players over the last

two seasons but has been upset that the club reneged on

repeated promises to discuss a new contract in the last


McCarthy has been particularly annoyed to see a number of

team-mates, and even manager Roberto Martinez, handed

new deals in that time, while new signing Tom Cleverley is

on a significantly more lucrative contract.

McCarthy made 28 Premier League appearances for

Everton last season and is currently with the squad for their

pre-season preparations in Singapore ahead of the Asia




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