James McCarthy welcomes chance for fresh start


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Crystal Palace have signed James McCarthy from Everton on a permanent basis and brought in Real Betis midfielder Victor Camarasa on loan as Roy Hodgson continues to revamp his squad.

The Eagles had already added Gary Cahill to their ranks this week while Hodgson snapped up Jordan Ayew and Stephen Henderson earlier in the summer. Palace sold Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United for £50million in July while the future of Wilfried Zaha remains uncertain.

Republic of Ireland international McCarthy has made more than 370 appearances during his career, starring for Hamilton Academical and Wigan Athletic before joining Everton six years ago. He featured in 108 Premier League games for the Toffees, finding the net on six occasions.

The 28-year-old said after completing his transfer to Palace: “I can’t wait to get started. It feels like a very nice family club. It’s a fresh start that I thought I needed.” Meanwhile, the Premier League side have the option to buy 25-year-old Camarasa on a permanent basis at the end of the campaign.

Betis signed the central midfielder from Levante two years ago but loaned him to Cardiff City for the 2018/19 season. He scored five goals in 32 top-flight appearances last term as Neil Warnock’s team suffered relegation to the Championship.

Hodgson said of the Spaniard: “Víctor is a player we were keen to sign and I’m delighted he’s decided to join us. He is a strong and technically gifted midfielder and will be a great addition to the team.”

Crystal Palace, 5.25 to be relegated this season, are 3.10 to beat Everton on Saturday.

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