Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly readying bids to sign James McCarthy from Everton in the ongoing transfer window.
Goal.com reports that the Red Devils and Mauricio Pochettino's side will look to prise away the midfielder, who is rated at £25m by the Merseyside club. The Republic of Ireland international was said to be a target for ex-United boss David Moyes but his successor at Goodison Park, Roberto Martinez gave him the opportunity to follow in his footsteps from the DW Stadium last summer.
Recently appointed manager Louis van Gaal is believed to have given his approval to secure McCarthy's services. The 20-time English champions have already signed Ander Herrera after activating his £28.4m release clause from Athletic Bilbao.
The 62-year-old Dutchman reportedly wants to offload as many as 10 players in total from his current roster that includes Marouane Fellaini, Anderson, Tom Cleverley and Nick Powell.
Additionally, the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has to deal with Michael Carrick's absence for the start of the season. The 32-year-old England midfielder had to undergo an ankle surgery and will only return to action in October.
United have been chasing Chilean star Arturo Vidal who is valued at £36m by Juventus. But the Bianconeri director Pavel Nedved has warned that it will take a "high bid" to lure him away from the reigning Serie A champions.
Goal.com's report also suggests that the Spurs will compete with the Old Trafford club for the 23-year-old's signature but Everton will not be willing to part ways with their prized asset.
McCarthy made 34 appearances and was one of Toffees' stellar performers last season, helping them finish fifth in the Premier League. Arsenal too are said to be keen on the former Wigan Athletic player but are reportedly focussing on signing Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton.
Despite the rumours, the midfielder is raring for Everton's campaign to get underway and wants to help the Merseyside club end their 20-year trophy drought next campaign.
"We want to go and win things. This is a fresh start, a long season, and one that we are all looking forward to. There are a lot of games and a lot of competition, but we want to win things," he explained.
"Pre-season been good. I don't mind it. It's been difficult over the first few days, but it's good to be back. The boys are really enjoying it and now we're looking forward to the season getting under way. It's hard work, but enjoyable at the same time."