Crystal Palace are in line to land Everton midfielder James McCarthy in a loan deal until the end of the season.
McCarthy had been hoping that Celtic – a club he has supported all his life – would manage to strike a deal with Everton, having made an approach at the start of the month.
The 28-year-old midfielder has just returned to fitness after nearly a year-long absence with a broken leg.
West Brom and Derby have also spoken to Everton, but the player would rather stay top-flight and that now sees Palace heading the chase, despite interest from Fulham and West Ham also.
Manchester City and Arsenal, meanwhile, are both ready to join the bidding for Idrissa Gueye, if Everton sanction his departure this month. Read the full story here…
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