Report: Everton expecting Crystal Palace interest in James McCarthy, but Allardyce wants to stand firm

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool holds off James McCarthy of Everton during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 5, 2018 in Liverpool,...

Crystal Palace are reportedly keen on Everton's James McCarthy.

Bournemouth's English midfielder Lewis Cook (L) vies with Everton's Scottish-born Irish midfielder James McCarthy (R) during the English Premier League football match between Bournemouth...Bournemouth's English midfielder Lewis Cook (L) vies with Everton's James McCarthy (R)

According to the Daily Mail, Everton are expecting Crystal Palace to register their interest in midfielder James McCarthy – but manager Sam Allardyce is keen for him to stay.

The Toffees swooped to sign McCarthy from Wigan Athletic in 2013, with Roberto Martinez reuniting with the midfielder having worked together at the DW Stadium.

McCarthy, 27, has racked up more than 125 appearances for Everton, but endured an injury-hit campaign last season and fell down the pecking order under Ronald Koeman.

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool holds off James McCarthy of Everton during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 5, 2018 in Liverpool,...

The Republic of Ireland international has played just four times this season having bounced back from injury, and his future at Goodison Park remains a topic of discussion.

The Daily Mail now report that Everton are expecting interest from Crystal Palace in McCarthy's signature this month, but Toffees boss Sam Allardyce wants him to stay.

Allardyce has been linked with a host of midfielders this month, but it now seems that he may give McCarthy a chance to shine in the heart of the Everton engine room.

Ethan Ampadu of Chelsea and James McCarthy of Everton in action during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge on October 25, 2017 in London,...

Allardyce already has Morgan Schneiderlin, Idrissa Gueye, Tom Davies and Beni Baningime at his disposal, but with Muhamed Besic potentially leaving, McCarthy will be needed.

It may subsequently take a huge offer from Palace to tempt Everton into a deal, as Allardyce seemingly values the Irishman more than predecessor Koeman did.

Everton's English manager Sam Allardyce watches from the touchline during the English FA Cup third round football match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, north west...

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