Martinez wants the Wigan man to join him at Goodison Park but may have to sell Fellaini and Baines.
Although Everton have rejected the £28m bid from Manchester United for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini, the club will have to sell if Roberto Martinez wants to sign former player James McCarthy from Wigan Atheltic, according to the Daily Star.
McCarthy was one of the best players at the DW Stadium under Martinez after signing for the Latics in 2009 from Hamilton Academical.
With Wigan being relegated to the Championship at the end of last season, the 22-year-old was one of a handful of players that were tipped to be snapped up by bigger clubs.
Although the Toffees have already brought in Arouna Kone and Antolin Alcaraz since Martinez took charge, as yet McCarthy has remained in Lancashire.
Yet if the Merseyside outfit were to lose Fellaini and Baines to former manager David Moyes at United, then the Ireland international could come in to cushion the blow.
Martinez has to sell players if the Spaniard wants to bring in McCarthy, due to the tight financial constraints at the Toffees.
Moyes is keen to make the 50-year-old’s mark at Old Trafford since taking over from legendary boss Sir Alex Ferguson this summer and having worked with both Baines and Fellaini before, the duo seem like the perfect fit.
However, the Scot’s former side are unhappy with the £28m bid that has already been submitted, calling the offer ‘derisory and insulting.’
It’s likely this transfer saga could be another that rumbles on towards deadline day on September 2.