Aston Villa are interested in a move for Everton midfielder James McCarthy, according to the Daily Mail.

Aston Villa have joined Midlands rivals West Brom in the chase for Everton midfielder James McCarthy, it is being reported by the Daily Mail.

It was reported last week that West Brom were keen on a loan move for the Irishman, who has fallen out of favour at Goodison Park under manager Marco Silva. It is believed that Everton are willing to let McCarthy go out on loan this January, with Premier League duo Bournemouth and Fulham joining Aston Villa and West Brom in the pursuit for the midfielder.

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The 28-year-old has completed his comeback after suffering a double fracture to his leg last January. The Toffees are looking to let McCarthy leave on loan to build up match fitness. After spending nearly a year on the sidelines, Morgan Schneiderlin, Andre Gomes, Idrissa Gueye and Tom Davies have jumped ahead of him in the pecking order.

McCarthy started his career in Scotland with Hamilton Academical, where he spent three years in the first team, making 99 appearances. He then moved South of the border with Wigan Athletic back in 2009 where he went on to enjoy a successful three years. McCarthy was an important part of the team that won the FA Cup in 2012/13 season. The Glasgow-born midfielder played for Wigan 133 times.

McCarthy then completed a £13 million switch to Everton upon Wigan’s relegation to the Championship to reunite with Roberto Martinez. In five season with Everton, McCarthy has played 132 times.

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