West Ham are among the clubs that have spoken to Crystal Palace about signing James McCarthy, according to reports in the English media.
Aston Villa and Newcastle have also enquired about the Republic of Ireland international’s availability while Leeds are believed to be keen on the 29-year-old as well.
McCarthy only joined Palace from Everton for £8m last August but, despite being a regular first-team player for the Eagles, they are prepared to let him go this summer.
They have reportedly told interested clubs that they are looking to recoup most of what they paid for the player and, considering, the level of interest in the Irishman, it’s safe to say that at least one club will meet their demands.
With Jack Wilshere expected to leave the London Stadium, a replacement for the Arsenal star will be needed and it seems manager David Moyes has set his sights on bringing in McCarthy.
This “bargain” move for McCarthy could well come to fruition as West Ham look to do some very economical transfer business this window especially given the strong possibility of Declan Rice moving to Chelsea which would generate much needed cash for the club but would leave a serious gap in the Hammers midfield.