Everton midfielder James McCarthy is a potential target for Arsenal in the January transfer window, according to a report from the Daily Mirror.
Manager Arsene Wenger is set to step up his attempts to bring in help in the middle of the park following news that Jack Wilshere will be out for up to three months with another ankle problem, with the Toffees star among the names on his wishlist.
The Frenchman has money to burn this winter, with Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak another possible solution, but the £24 million-rated Poland international is also attracting interest from the likes Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund.
Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira still remains in the picture, too, but his wage demands, as well as Bayern Munich’s pursuits, means a deal for the German World Cup-winner is less likely at this point.
Arsenal have reportedly been long-term admirers of McCarthy, since even before he left Wigan Athletic for Goodison Park in the summer of 2013, and the Republic of Ireland international has pushed on in the meantime to establish himself as a more complete option.
Also linked to Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur this summer, the 24-year-old admitted at the time that he was flattered by reported interest, telling the Evening Standard: "If a club like Manchester United are interested, obviously you are doing a good job.
"We will see what happens."
Nevertheless, as an integral part of Roberto Martinez’s line-up, Everton would be reluctant to give up his services without a fight, with a considerable bid needed in order to secure the former £13 million man’s signature.
With Gunners captain Mikel Arteta looking set to join Wilshere on the list of long-term absentees, however, after suffering a reoccurrence of a calf problem in the 2-0 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund, it’s clear that Wenger will need to do something to keep up with the other top-four contenders.