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'Excellent' McCarthy a Toffees bargain – Reid

EVERTON legend Peter Reid believes that the club have secured a bargain in their capture of £14m man James McCarthy.

Reid won league, FA Cup and European Cup Winners medals in his time with the Toffees and he says he's been excited by the impact made by Ireland international McCarthy, who has justified his fee in Reid's eyes.

"I saw James play for Wigan once or twice and I thought he was excellent. He can handle the ball and I think he has made a really good start to his Everton career," said Reid.

"Besides getting about the pitch, disrupting the opposition and making tackles, I also think he keeps possession well. When you talk about midfielders, I think he has got the full range of ability.

"In relative terms, when you look at some of the prices that have been paid, I thought the money Everton paid for him was quite reasonable."