Manchester United's intense pursuit of Marouane Fellaini has led Everton to identify a replacement for the Belgian midfielder, with Roberto Martinez confirming contact has been made with Wigan regarding the acquisition of James McCarthy.
Fellaini has been the subject of two formal offers from the Premier League champions, both combined with a bid for Leighton Baines, with the latest reported to have been worth £36 million.
Everton, however, have rejected both approaches - the first of which was described as 'derisory and insulting' - but this has not prevented the Goodison Park club putting a contingency plan in place should Fellaini move to Old Trafford.
McCarthy is the player in the crosshairs of Martinez, having previously worked with the Irishman at Wigan, and the Everton boss has revealed there have already been informal discussions with regards to the young midfielder.
Manchester United, meanwhile, are planning a final offer for Fellaini and Baines ahead of the transfer deadline, which is at 11pm on Monday.
The Red Devils are reportedly ready to offer a combined £40 million in the hope of bringing the Everton pair to Old Trafford.