Everton have been more active than most in the summer transfer market as the club went about spending the money they will receive for Romelu Lukaku on a number of interesting signings.
Michael Keane, Sandro Ramirez, Jordan Pickford, and Davy Klaassen have already come through the door at Goodison Park with more expected to follow as aside from Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson is another reported target for Ronald Koeman.
With the return from injury of Muhamed Besic this summer and the outstanding form of Tom Davies and Idrissa Gueye last season, it looks like James McCarthy's days at the club are numbered, but while we have heard reports of interest from the likes of Newcastle and Crystal Palace, another suitor has seemingly joined the race for the Ireland international.
According to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, Leicester City are in for McCarthy, but may face difficulty in completing a deal as it is believed that Everton are holding out for £25m.
Leicester City have made an enquiry for Everton midfielder James McCarthy. The 26-year-old is likely to leave Goodison Park this summer but Everton value him at £25million.
The Republic of Ireland international missed a chunk of the last campaign with a niggly hamstring injury after failing to give it proper rest but is fit again after taking time to recover fully and missing Ireland's end of season internationals.
Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare has already signed Sevilla midfielder Vicente Iborra but may yet lose a few more bodies as he streamlines his squad, including Nampalys Mendy.
It would be a very exciting move for McCarthy, but for a player with the injury problems he has suffered in recent times that is a very steep asking price.
The fact that Leicester managed to convince Iborra to join means they are under less pressure to secure McCarthy, but as the article above states they could be looking to totally revamp their midfield after the Foxes understandably struggled to fill the void left by N'Golo Kante last season.
Martin O'Neill would surely be delighted to see McCarthy join a club he once managed, with the added bonus of not having to continue beefing with Ronald Koeman over the former Wigan man.