Crystal Palace closing in on loan deal for Everton star

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.

Manchester City and Arsenal are both ready to join the bidding for Idrissa Gueye, if Everton sanction his departure this month, we can reveal.

Both clubs have been alerted to the prospect of the landing the 29-year-old midfielder – who has asked to leave Everton after Paris Saint Germain made a bid for his signature.

PSG look unlikely to return at this point having signed Leandro Paredes, but Gueye is aware other clubs are looking to land him.

The Toffees have told him that they will not let him leave this month, but despite the deadline closing this Thursday – Gueye remains open to the prospect of leaving.

TEAMtalk has learned that both City and Arsenal are fans of Gueye, and have made it clear that they would be interested – as and when he becomes available.