Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy is delighted to be back in the Premier League and has admitted that ignoring the £13 million transfer fee which saw him swap Wigan Athletic for Everton on Monday night will be crucial to his long-term success at Goodison Park.
McCarthy's deadline-day move to Everton went right to the wire, with the midfielder eventually securing a reunion with former Latics boss Roberto Martinez on Merseyside.
The 22-year-old's £13million deal saw him command a record fee for a Scottish-born footballer, surpassing former holder of that title and Ireland colleague Aiden McGeady's £9.5million switch from Celtic to Spartak Moscow in 2010.
After admitting relief that the last-ditch deal with Everton went through, McCarthy has declared that he now has to prove himself worthy of the step up to an established Premier League club, while relishing the challenge of working with Martinez on a bigger scale.
He told Sky Sports: "It's a new challenge and I am really looking forward to it. I have had a few people on my case about it, and it's one I'm going to need to take in my stride.
"Hopefully I can make the step up to a big club at Everton, and it's one I'm looking forward to. Obviously I am delighted to be back in the Premier League. It's a real excitement and a new challenge for myself."
During four seasons with Wigan, the Irish international clocked up 115 Premier League appearances and also helped Wigan win the FA Cup for the first time last May.
McCarthy is currently on international duty with Giovanni Trapattoni's squad ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria, with the chance to join his new Everton teammates in training for the first time likely to come next Thursday.
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