Goodison Park side prepare for the worst.
Everton are ready to make a move for Wigan youngster James McCarthy in the event that they lose star performer Marouane Fellaini according to the Daily Star.
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David Moyes is hopeful he can keep hold of the prized asset, said to be a target of both Chelsea and Man United, but has earmarked a bid for the £8m rated Irish international should they fail to retain Fellaini’s services.
Tigerish midfielder McCarthy, 22, joined the Latics in a £1.2m move from Hamilton in 2009.
McCarthy has made over 100 appearances for has hit a run of good form this term and Roberto Martinez must be fearful that another of his talents will be lured away.
Everton will have the funds to land McCarthy if they do lose Belgian international Fellaini, and the Toffees insist that the buy-out clause in the 25 year old’s contract is is higher than the reported £22m and can only be activated by Champions League clubs.
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