According to a report from Goal, Everton midfielder James McCarthy has told the club he wants a summer transfer away from Goodison Park.
The Republic of Ireland international, 24, followed Everton manager Roberto Martinez from Wigan to Merseyside in the summer of 2013, arriving as a replacement for Marouane Fellaini following his move to Manchester United.
McCarthy has now proven himself as one of the top midfielders in the Premier League, producing tenacious displays on a regular basis and becoming the heartbeat of the Everton midfield.
However, a problem is arising for Everton, and it's that McCarthy wants to be rewarded for his excellent displays with a new and improved contract, according to Goal.
Now, having seen Everton sign another central midfielder last week in Tom Cleverley, McCarthy has allegedly told the Toffees that he wants to leave - because the new arrival will be earning more than him.
If the report from Goal is true, McCarthy will have no shortage of suitors, as they note that Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring McCarthy's situation.
Tottenham may be looking for another midfielder this summer with Etienne Capoue and Paulinho offering little in their two years at White Hart Lane so far, and McCarthy would certainly be an upgrade on those players.
With Spurs winger Aaron Lennon spending the second half of the season on loan at Everton, manager Mauricio Pochettino should be consider a cash-plus-player deal which would see Lennon stay at Everton permanently, with McCarthy heading to North London - but there may still be time for Everton to repair their relationship with McCarthy.