A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Tottenham Hotspur this Thursday evening.
McCarthy was a vital part of the Everton side last season that managed to finish fifth with their Premier League record points total but has been missing for much of the season through a hamstring injury.
The report suggests that Arsenal are also interested but looked elsewhere when they realised that figure of at least £25 million would be needed to be met, while Spurs have considered offering Aaron Lennon and Younes Kaboul as makeweights in the deal.
The Mail has also linked Lennon with a move to Humberside to link up with Steve Bruce at Hull City. However there are a couple of stumbling blocks in that deal with a fee of £7 million set to be the asking price, while Lennon would command high wages for the Tigers.
Midfielder Ryan Mason signed a new contract at the club, the club confirmed today, which keeps him at White Hart Lane until the summer of 2020.
He told the Tottenham website: “I appreciate the length of the contract shows a lot of faith in me and hopefully I can keep progressing and stay at the club longer than the contract."
Ball is eligible for tomorrow's FA Cup fourth round tie against Manchester United.
Andros Townsend scored the only goal in last night's League Cup semi-final first leg win over Sheffield United last night from the penalty spot, with the return game taking place at Brammall Lane next week, and the winger has been talking about the difficulties of facing the League One side.
He told the Tottenham website: “We all know how good Sheffield United are at home so it was important to try and score a few goals and put the game to bed, that didn’t happen but the main thing is we didn’t concede, we scored the goal and it’s all to play for now at Bramall Lane.”