Tottenham 'monitoring contract situation' of £20m Arsenal-linked Premier League midfielder

James McCarthy Everton

Tottenham are reportedly considering a bid for Everton midfielder James McCarthy.

Having finally settled on a first choice centre back pairing, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino now must find a consistent central midfield partnership.

The likes of Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Benjamin Stambouli, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb have all featured at some point this season, with the latter three rotating over the Christmas period.

Having been linked with a move for his former Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, it seems that Pocehttino may well look to sign someone to strengthen the middle of the park when the transfer window opens on January 3rd.

It remains to be seen how much money Pochettino will be able to spend in the January transfer window, but the Daily Mail believe that Spurs are monitoring the situation of Everton star James McCarthy.

McCarthy, 24, has been one of Everton's key players since arriving from Wigan Athletic in September 2013, and is reportedly expecting an improved contract from the Toffees.

Yet that hasn't arrived despite promises from manager Roberto Martinez, and the classy central midfielder could instead leave Goodison Park for one of their Premier League rivals.

Arsenal and Manchester United have been strongly linked with £20m moves to sign McCarthy in recent months, and now Tottenham could join the race.

Tottenham's new head of recruitment Paul Mitchell is allegedly a huge fan of McCarthy and even scouted him for Southampton during McCarthy's time at Wigan.

It seems doubtful that he would be willing to make a move to White Hart Lane over Arsenal or United, but Everton's struggles this season are putting them at risk of losing their best players - and McCarthy certainly fits in that category.

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