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James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas Set to Extend Deals with Everton

Everton's midfield glue and Belgian winger are reportedly nearing contract extensions that will keep the duo at Goodison Park for years to come.

James McCarthy scores against Manchester United last season.
James McCarthy scores against Manchester United last season.
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According to a Daily Mail report, James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas are both on the verge of signing contract extensions with Everton Football Club.

McCarthy, who has drawn interest from Tottenham and Manchester City, could have a new deal done by the end of the day. If the report is accurate, McCarthy's deal will be five years, keeping him at the club until 2020.

The Irish midfielder, who is only 24 years old, has become one of Everton's most important players. In his absence due to injury last season, the team struggled mightily, Gareth Barry in particular.

Defensively, McCarthy is a massive security blanket for the back four. His quick reading of the game helps provide defensive cover for the club's talented full-backs as they push forward. McCarthy is also a solid passer who the team relies on to spark attacking chances, particularly against teams that sit deep defensively.

If Roberto Martinez can manage to lock down McCarthy long-term, it will be a massive victory for the club.

The report also notes that Mirallas will be signing a contract extension in the coming days. The length of the extension is currently unknown.

The Belgian winger has made his interest in playing in European competition known in the past, but now appears ready to commit his future to Everton.

Consistency has been the 27-year-old's biggest issue during his time at Everton. At his best, Mirallas is a player who can single-handedly take over a match, as he's done for the Toffees multiple times in the past. But, just as often, Mirallas is injured, invisible, or uninterested. If he can ever find consistency, he may well earn a move to a top club. Until then though, he can be a valuable asset for the club, which is incredibly short on wingers.

After an offseason of limited moves and potential departures, contract extensions for two of the club's most important players would be a breath of fresh air.

Editor's Note: As expected, Everton has announced McCarthy's contract extension via Twitter. His contract now runs through June 2020.