Report: James McCarthy wanted Celtic move but is joining Crystal Palace instead

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Everton's Premier League outcast James McCarthy is reportedly heading to Crystal Palace despite an approach from his boyhood club Celtic.

James McCarthy of Everton arrives for the Everton v Gor Mahia friendly match at Goodison Park on November 6, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Crystal Palace are set to beat two London rivals and Celtic to the signature of Everton midfielder James McCarthy, according to TEAMtalk.

The Republic of Ireland international looks certain to leave Goodison Park on loan this week after failing to make a single appearance under Marco Silva.


McCarthy has returned to full fitness 12 months after suffering that horrific leg break against West Bromwich Albion.

TEAMtalk report that he was a target for both West Ham United and Fulham. But Roy Hodgson’s Palace are set to win the race and bring McCarthy to Selhurst Park for the rest of the season.

James McCarthy of Everton (R) scores his sides second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and AFC Bournemouth at Goodison Park on February 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

The Eagles have certainly beaten off a lot of competition. TEAMtalk adds that the tough-tackling 28-year-old had held talks with Championship duo West Brom and Derby County though looks set to remain in the Premier League.

Interestingly, the report claims that McCarthy was hoping to sign his boyhood club Celtic this month. The Scottish Premiership champions made an approach earlier this month but they, like West Ham, Fulham, West Brom and Derby, look set to miss out.

Everton signed McCarthy from Wigan Athletic six years ago for £13 million (BBC).

James McCarthy of Everton in action during the pre-season friendly match between Everton and Espanyol at Goodison Park on August 6, 2016 in Liverpool, England.

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