Tottenham Hotspur may or may not have given up on signing Morgan Schneiderlin this summer, but that doesn't mean they're not also looking at alternatives to upgrade their central midfield. Today, the Mail is repeating the rumor that Spurs are taking a long look at Everton midfielder James McCarthy.
McCarthy had a good season with Everton this year, completing 86% of his passes in 27 league matches from a deep-lying defensive midfield position. Reports are that McCarthy wants a new contract with Everton but that the Toffees aren't keen on doing right now, and could be tempted by a move to London for the right price. He currently has three years remaining on his current Everton contract.
Look, I know I just wrote an article talking about how Spurs still have a chance at Morgan Schneiderlin, and all evidence to the contrary I still choose to have hope that Spurs can somehow land their top target. But McCarthy would not be a poor signing. He would bring a wealth of experience to Tottenham's midfield, is a tenacious tackler while also possessing the ability to move forward into space, and likes to play long balls out of midfield, which can be very useful. He's positionally solid and not prone to dumb mistakes. He's not Schneiderlin, but he's pretty good. The knock on him is that he's a bit injury prone and was out a couple of months last season with hamstring issues.
The Mail is, well, the Mail, so let's not put the cart too far in front of the horse on this rumor until it percolates out into more reputable sources. At this stage, the rumor is just that Spurs are tracking him, and that he's a little ticked with management at Everton due to his contract status. Still, unless Morgan comes around, McCarthy would be a solid pick-up for the short to medium term until Pochettino can convert Harry Winks into the next homegrown midfield destroyer.