Toffees cool interest in Republic of Ireland international.
Everton could be about to pull out of a deal to sign Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy from Wigan, according to the Metro.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a number of Premier League sides this summer after some impressive performances for the Latics over the last couple of seasons, despite their relegation last year.
McCarthy was an influential part of the side that sprung a surprise FA Cup final win against Manchester City in May, and could still attract interest from Newcastle before tonight’s transfer window deadline.
Everton, however, look to have turned their attention to Porto midfielder Fernando, available for the same price as McCarthy, £15million, but who is seen as better value for money by Toffees manager Roberto Martinez.
The Spaniard is on the hunt for a midfielder before the end of the summer as Belgian star Marouane Fellaini seems increasingly likely to leave the club for Manchester United in a big-money move.
Wigan will be keen to have fought off interest in one of their key players, as they look to bounce straight back to the top flight by winning promotion from the Championship this season.