Sky Sports remove story linking James McCarthy with Manchester United
Sky Sports have removed a report that Republic of Ireland international James McCarthy is a top name on Louis van Gaal's wish-list at Old Trafford.
The story quoting 'Sky sources' said Manchester United were lining up a bid for the Glasgow-born Everton midfielder.
McCarthy joined Everton on deadline day last summer for a fee believed to be in the region of £16m but it will take a bid of around £20m to tempt the Toffees to sell.
Everton are keen to open talks with the 23-year-old over a new deal.
The fact hat the story has been removed from their site suggests that there was little substance to it.
The news comes as United's chase of Toni Kroos ended with the midfielder insisting he is staying at Bayern Munich.
The Bayern Munich midfielder has long been linked with the Old Trafford club, especially as his contract situation with the German champions remains unresolved.
Kroos, 24, has a year left with Bayern and has yet to accept their offer of an extension, giving a nod to a possible move away.
United have been reported as suitors but he claims they are not on his radar.
Speaking to Bild he said: "I am expecting to play for Bayern Munich next season.
"There was a lot of speculation, but Manchester is and was not an issue.
"At this point in time I am fully focused on preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup."
Rumours of a United move for Kroos started to circulate when David Moyes was in charge, although talk has cooled since the appointment of Louis van Gaal.