By William Joyce
Manchester United and Tottenham are both ready to test Everton’s resolve over midfielder James McCarthy, Goal understands.
Everton rate McCarthy at £25 million and are keen to open talks with the 23-year-old over a new deal but both United and Spurs are long-term admirers.
The Republic of Ireland international was a target for former Old Trafford manager David Moyes but new boss Louis van Gaal has approved a move for the midfielder.
And Mauricio Pochettino has also given the green light for Spurs to pursue McCarthy after arriving at White Hart Lane at the end of May 2014.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is also an admirer of the former Wigan man, whose stock has risen following an exceptional campaign at Goodison Park last season.
The Gunners could also join the chase for the midfielder should United and Spurs push ahead with offers for the Toffees star.
McCarthy followed Roberto Martinez to Goodison Park from Wigan during the 2013-14 summer transfer window and became a key performer for Everton as they secured a fifth-place finish in the Premier League.
Everton are aware of interest in McCarthy from other clubs and are hoping to tempt the midfielder into signing a new deal.
The Merseyside club are also understood to be willing to pay £4 million to sign Bosnia and Herzegovina midfielder Muhamed Besic from Ferencvaros.