According to a report in the Daily Mail, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs interested in signing Everton midfielder James McCarthy this summer.
The Republic of Ireland international has made 24 appearances for the Toffees this season, and 63 in total, having previously made his name at Wigan Athletic.
The report claims Manchester United are also interested in the 24-year-old, seeing him as a potential alternative to long-term target Kevin Strootman.
The North London rivals are said to both also have Morgan Schneiderlin on their wish-list but that they could be encouraged to make a move for McCarthy following Everton’s disappointing league campaign.
The story claims both Arsenal and Tottenham were put off making a bid for McCarthy in January in the knowledge that Everton would not sanction a move, but that both could now make a concrete bid in the close-season.
McCarthy has plenty of Premier League experience and both Arsenal and Tottenham need midfield reinforcements.
Spurs in particular have seen some defensive midfield options fail to live up to expectations, with Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli both disappointing this season.
They now have a midfield duo of Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason but another purely defensive-minded midfielder would be a very welcome addition.
Arsenal are likely to think the same, despite the emergence of Francis Coquelin and the continued presence of Mathieu Flamini.
But would Everton really sanction the transfer of a player whose current contract runs until the summer of 2018?
Surely not unless there is a considerable amount of money on the table.