Arsenal Line Up £16m Bid for Everton Midfielder James McCarthy

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James McCarthy EvertonEmirates Stadium side to make big money bid for Goodison Park star.

Arsenal are to make an opening offer of £16m for Everton midfielder James McCarthy according to the Daily Mail.

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Arsene Wenger sees the Republic of Ireland man as the right ‘mould’ of player to help boost his midfield and will hope that an official offer will turn the player’s head.

The former Wigan Athletic man has formed a solid partnership with veteran Toffees man Gareth Barry but may well be ready for a fresh challenge.

The tough tackler has the physical attributes to provide Arsenal with some much needed steel and is also comfortable on the ball and a good distributor of the ball to boot.

Wenger may well be keen to make such a move in January as he seeks to secure, at the very least, a top four finish this term as he comes under increasing pressure following a lengthy period without landing significant silverware.

Arsenal did end a nine year wait for a trophy when they defeated Hull City in the FA Cup final last May but the club’s fans expect their side to be mounting genuine challenges for Premier and Champions League crowns and further investment is needed in the club’s squad in order to make those hopes a reality.