We are apparently looking to bring Everton’s James McCarthy to the Emirates this summer, although face competition from a number of other Premier League teams, according to the Daily Mail.
Arsene Wenger is allegedly looking to take advantage of the poor season the Toffees are having, and is hoping to lure the Irish star to London with the promise of top four football.
Manchester United and Tottenham are also keen on the tough tackling midfielder, but if we can secure Champions League football ahead of them then we will no doubt prove a more enticing choice.
We have regularly been linked with every defensive midfielder under the sun over the last few seasons, and despite the emergence of Francis Coquelin it is still an area that needs strengthening.
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McCarthy only joined Everton at the start of last season, following manager Roberto Martinez from Wigan for £13m.
He is exactly the kind of player we need, although there are arguably far better options out there.
The 24-year-old may represent a significantly cheaper alternative to some of our other reported targets. Although With our finances in the shape they are currently, we should be looking to get the best our money can buy us.