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Celtic line up James McCarthy bid

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McCarthy tipped to leave Everton in Jan
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Celtic will reportely revive their interest in Everton midfielder James McCarthy in the January transfer window. The Republic of Ireland was part of the Toffees' side which earned a hard-fought win over Arsenal in midweek.

According to The Record, the Bhoys are prepared to step up their pursuit for the midfielder in the New Year following his struggles to earn regular playing time this season.

Idrissa Gueye and Gareth Barry have been the preferred combination under Ronald Koeman this season, and it was only when the latter was rested, did McCarthy get his chance to impress.

The Merseyside outfit are understood to be in advanced negotiations with Manchester United over a deal for Morgan Schneiderlin, and the Frenchman's arrival next month is likely to lure McCarthy to a fresh challenge elsewhere.

Apart from Celtic, West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace are also keen on the central midfielder.