Odds compilers expect James McCarthy to remain an Everton player at the end of the transfer window, despite reports he is due to open talks with Tottenham.
According to the Mirror, the Republic of Ireland international has grown steadily more disenchanted with the Toffees’ failure to offer him an improved contract.
That he deserves one cannot be doubted given Roberto Martinez’s side won just two of the 17 games he failed to start last season.
They won 47% of the outings he started in 2014/15, losing just 29%, with the latter figure swelling to 47% when wasn’t in the XI.
Presently McCarthy remains 2/5 to be plying his trade under the Spaniard come September 4th.
Yet the Mirror’s Darren Lewis reports talks between the midfielder and Tottenham are due to open ‘this week’.
Moreover Lewis suggests that the London club are as confident of luring the former Wigan man away from Goodison Park as Chelsea are of signing John Stones.
The White Hart Lane wheat has certainly been separated from the chaff this summer as far as their midfield is concerned.
Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Benjamin Stambouli have all left the club, leaving a more streamlined middle-band another signing wouldn’t hurt.
Everton boss Martinez has insisted that neither Stones, nor McCarthy will be leaving the club this summer.
The Spaniard’s assertions will doubtless have been factored in to the short-price about his midfield lynchpin-staying put for this window.
Meanwhile the power is very much in the Toffees’ hands, considering the 24-year-old’s disillusionment could be lifted with a new contract offer.
McCarthy’s chequered recent injury history could also be a factor in scuppering any potential move away from the club, with a persistent hamstring complaint side-lining him for six and seven-game jags during 2013/14.