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James McCarthy could make last-minute Palace loan move

Irish midfielder has been linked with a deadline-day departure from Merseyside

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McCarthy has not played a minute of competitive football this season
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Crystal Palace are said to be keen on making a late loan swoop for Everton midfielder James McCarthy.

The Irish Independent report that the Eagles will try to secure McCarthy’s services for the rest of the season before the transfer window closes at 11pm GMT today.

McCarthy, 28, has not played a minute of competitive football for the Toffees since he suffered a double leg break against West Bromwich Albion last January.

He has also only been named in two matchday squads by manager Marco Silva this season, in the FA Cup win over Lincoln City on January 5 and the victory at Huddersfield Town on Tuesday, with his only football coming as a substitute in November’s friendly against Gor Mahia.

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McCarthy has yet to return since his horrific injury 12 months ago
Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images

But his chances of first team football at Goodison could improve if fellow midfielder Idrissa Gueye completes his expected move to Paris Saint-Germain before the deadline.

Despite returning to training in September, Silva has, thus far, preferred Gueye, André Gomes, Morgan Schneiderlin and Tom Davies as his midfield options to McCarthy.

He has also been said to have interested a number of clubs this month, including Fulham, Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion and Celtic.

Since joining the Blues in September 2013 from Wigan Athletic for £13 million, he has made 132 appearances for Everton, scoring six goals.