Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move in signing Everton midfielder James McCarthy, according to the Daily Mail.
The 24-year-old was signed from Wigan Athletic as he followed his manager Roberto Martinez to Goodison Park in 2013. He has impressed in his first two seasons at the Merseyside club.
McCarthy was expecting that he would be offered a new deal by the Toffees. However, the negotiations have not yet started over a revised deal, which has made the player unhappy. He still has three years left on his contract at Everton.
Mauricio Pochettino was interested in signing Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. However, the Manchester Evening News reports the France international is set to join Manchester United as they launch an official bid for the Saints star.
With Schneiderlin on the verge of completing a switch to Old Trafford, the north London club have turned their attention to McCarthy. Tottenham have long been an admirer of the Republic of Ireland international.
Aaron Lennon joined Everton on-loan in February for the remainder of the 2014/15 season. Tottenham are willing to include the England international and defender Younes Kaboul as a part of the deal.
Lennon and Kaboul could join Everton as Tottenham look to strengthen their midfield by securing the services of McCarthy. The White Hart Lane club are willing to make a substantial offer, but it should be seen whether Martinez will be willing to let his player leave in the summer transfer window.
Tottenham are aware the former Wigan manager is interested in signing Lennon and will be hoping this could help them bring the midfielder to north London. Martinez had hinted that Everton are considering signing Lennon on a permanent transfer in the summer.
"The reality is that I don't know where those figures have come from. We haven't had any sort of conversations with Spurs," Martinez said earlier in May.
"He's had a phenomenal impact on our team and I think it's going to be a really good celebration between our fans and Aaron."
"Whatever happens in the future, it needs to be something the player is happy with, and then we'll sit down and see what the situation is," he added.