James McCarthy
Everton midfielder James McCarthy is wanted by Tottenham Getty

Tottenham are interested in Everton midfielder James McCarthy, who is currently reconsidering his position in the Merseyside club, according to the Daily Mirror.

Everton have failed to live up to expectations this season and it is only their recent form that has saved them from being stuck in a relegation scrap at the bottom of the table.

Expectations were high for Roberto Martinez's men after taking Arsenal close to securing a Champions League spot last season, but the Toffees flattered to deceive, faltering at every hurdle in spite of spending heavily on Romelu Lukaku in the summer.

The midfielder is reportedly considering his future at the club in only his second session at Merseyside, with the club having gone back on their promise to offer him a new contract in lieu of his performances in the first season.

Mauricio Pochettino is looking to bring in players who would fit his philosophy and thereby push for a place in the Champions League next season. With the likes of Étienne Capoue's future in the balance, McCarthy will come in to the side to add some steel in midfield and add protection to the Tottenham defence, which has been found wanting this season.

However, they will face competition from Manchester City, who are on a mission to induct home-grown players into their squad, having failed with their acquisitions of Scott Sinclair and Jack Rodwell over the past couple of seasons.

The Citizens are also keeping a close eye on the situation unfolding with Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson and will make a decision keeping in mind their transfer budget for the summer and the number of players they are able to move on.

Everton are currently 12th in the league, more than 10 points off a Europa League spot, where they failed to progress this season.

Roberto Martinez will be looking to replicate the success of his debut season at Everton next year, with no European distractions on their agenda.