Date: 30th August 2016 at 12:48am
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James McCarthy states he wants to leave Everton as he targets regular football.

The Republic of Ireland international is believed to have had talks with senior club officials, last Friday, where he outlined his desire to find a regular first team football club. The 25-year-old has been overlooked by midfielders Gareth Barry and Idrissaa Gana Gueye as they are both favourites in Ronald Koemans starting line ups recently – who also has his eyes set on Newcastle midfielder, Moussa Sissoko. McCarthy was left out of last weekends squad against Stoke City.

The Irishman looks set to leave Goodison park in the upcoming days in order to play regular first-team football. Reports have rumoured a move to Celtic for McCarthy however, a transfer to Crystal Palace looks more likely as he has taken the interest of manager, Alan Pardew after the Eagles were priced out of Sissoko. The Daily Mirror have claimed that a move to the south London club would appeal to McCarthy. the Eagles are looking for an upgrade and McCarthy is the perfect fit.

The Toffees asked for £20million for McCarthy but, want a replacement before his leave. Sources close to McCarthy are convinced he will not be at Everton next week and they predict the £20million transfer deal will decrease. The Irish midfielder may also be ruled out of the World Cup qualifier with Serbia after it was revealed on Saturday that he requires surgery due to a groin injury. It’s an unlucky time for McCarthy to be injured as his future is currently in questioning. Crucially McCarthy needs to get his fitness back up and running, Koeman told Irish Times:

“We need to decide if it is operation, yes or no,” he said, before adding, in relation to the player’s future:

“There is more interest in players of Everton and we like to keep everybody and players like McCarthy need to stay.”

Only time will tell as to whether McCarthy actually makes a move to Crystal Palace or another Premier League club. Leave your thoughts and discuss below what you think the future has in stall for McCarthy.