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Leeds United and Celtic’s reported quest to sign James McCarthy from Crystal Palace in the summer transfer window seems to have taken a blow.

A report in 90min last week reported that Celtic are confident of signing McCarthy from Premier League side Palace this summer.

The report added that Leeds are among a number of clubs in the Premier League who have already enquired about the 29-year-old central midfielder.

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However, it seems that the Eagles are not willing to sell the Republic of Ireland international this summer.

According to The Sun, Palace are in talks with the former Everton midfielder over a new contract, with the player himself keen on extending his stay at Selhurst Park.

Crystal Palace spell

McCarthy joined Palace from Everton in the summer of 2019 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £3 million.

According to WhoScored, the midfielder made 16 starts and 17 substitute appearances in the Premier League for Palace during the 2019-20 campaign.

Crystal Palace stay

A move to Leeds or Celtic does sound very tempting indeed, especially with the former back in the Premier League after 16 years away and the latter aiming to make it 10 Scottish Premiership titles in a row.

However, at Palace, McCarthy has recovered his form after injury problems and seems settled, and it would make sense for him to stay at the London club.

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