Report: Everton could offer James McCarthy to Crystal Palace in Zaha swap

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Chelsea at Selhurst Park on October 14, 2017 in London, England.

Crystal Palace reportedly offered £8m for Premier League midfielder James McCarthy last week but could he arrive at Selhurst Park in a swap deal?

James McCarthy of Everton celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Norwich City at Goodison Park on May 15, 2016 in Liverpool,...

Everton could include James McCarthy as part of a deal that would see Wilfried Zaha swap Crystal Palace for Goodison Park, as reported by talkSPORT.

The Eagles have already lost one homegrown fans’ favourite in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and speculation is rife that Zaha could follow the new Manchester United signing out of Selhurst Park and up to the north west.

It is no secret that Zaha would jump at the chance to join his boyhood club Arsenal but with funds tight at the Emirates, Everton have suddenly sprinted to the front of the queue.

 

What’s more, Sky adds that the Ivory Coast international would be open to joining one of the Premier League’s dark horses with Everton prepared to pay a club-record £60 million.

And, in an attempt to sweeten the deal, Everton are apparently willing to offer either McCarthy or misfit striker Cenk Tosun as part of the deal.

Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth at Selhurst Park on May 12, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.

It doesn’t take a genius to work out why McCarthy is being included as a potential makeweight. Just a week ago, The Mail claimed that Crystal Palace offered £8 million for the Republic of Ireland international so Everton are fully aware that he has plenty of admirers at Selhurst Park.

Should Everton land one of the most influential forwards in the Premier League while getting rid of one or two expensive benchwarmers, this will look like another inspired piece of business on the part of director of football Marcel Brands.

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.

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