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

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.

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).

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