Tottenham are monitoring Everton and Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, according to the Daily Mail.
The former Wigan star missed out on his side's New Years Day defeat to Hull as he protected a hamstring injury and the Mail report his frustration with a lack of talks over a new contract has alerted several clubs.
Arsenal were linked with a move for the 24-year-old this month and were reportedly willing to go as high as £20million, but Everton are very reluctant to sell and both sides do not want to be involved in a destabilising transfer saga.
McCarthy shining at Everton
McCarthy joined Everton from Wigan in 2013 for £13 million, and boss Roberto Martinez has hinted that he was ready to discuss new terms as a reward for the player's performances.
Tottenham, and Daniel Levy in particular, are notoriously tough negotiators and are willing to wait to see how the player develops.
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Tottenham to sell first?
Spurs' new Head of Recruitment, Paul Mitchell, was a big fan of McCarthy while the midfielder was at Wigan and Mitchell was with Southampton, and as Mauricio Pochettino revamps the Tottenham squad McCarthy's box to box, high energy game is thought to match the head coach's ideas.
Any move is unlikely to happen until Spurs have offloaded at least one of their current central midfielders.
Academy products Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb are currently first choice, with Mousa Dembele, Paulinho and summer signing Benjamin Stambouli in reserve. Lewis Holtby and Tom Carroll are also at the club, albeit out on loan at Hamburg and Swansea respectively.
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