Tottenham evening round-up: Interest in James McCarthy, though Schneiderlin interest retained

James McCarthy Everton

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Tottenham Hotspur this Thursday evening.

Tottenham are interested in signing Everton midfielder James McCarthyaccording to a report in the Daily Mail.

This report comes about after suggestions that McCarthy is a little disappointed with the Toffees not offering him a revised contract at Goodison Park, even though he has three years remaining on his current deal.

The Mail also state that Spurs have admired the player for some time and wanted to sign him in 2013 prior to his move to Everton, when he was at Wigan Athletic, but the Republic of Ireland midfielder opted to follow Roberto Martinez to Merseyside.

He has apparently become the preferred option when it comes to targets to strengthen the Tottenham midfield ahead of Morgan Schneiderlin - a man Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino worked with during their time together at Southampton.

However, the Daily Telegraph reported last night that Spurs are not prepared to get into a bidding war for the Frenchman after Southampton have turned down a £20 million bid from Manchester United for the player.

The report does state, however, that they retain an interest in Schneiderlin, with fierce rivals Arsenal also looking at the player who is valued at £25 million by his club.

The other main transfer news surrounding the club in recent days has been the pursuit of Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld - who spent last season on loan at Southampton.

Chairman Daniel Levy has reportedly flown to Madrid to try and secure a deal, but London 24 is reporting that Southampton are confident of making the loan move permanent, saying they have already opened talks with the player. 

There have been suggestions that Alderweireld would prefer to link up with the Belgian contingent at White Hart Lane, but this looks like a deal that has a little while to run yet. 

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