Midfielder James McCarthy has signed a new deal until 2020 at Everton, the Premier League club have announced.
The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international, who arrived at Goodison Park from Wigan Athletic for a fee reported to be £13million in 2013, was said to be a target for Tottenham.
Manchester City were also thought to be looking at McCarthy, so the signing of a new long-term deal should bring an end to speculation surrounding his future.
“I’m buzzing and delighted to be committing my future long-term to Everton.” said McCarthy.
“I’ve loved every minute I’ve been here, with the fans having made me feel so welcome from day one, as well as the players and staff.
“This is a brilliant club with a brilliant fanbase and what we want to try to do is bring some success here and push forward.
“The gaffer is trying to build a team and a squad for the long-term and I’m excited to be a part of that and to be a part of this team.”
McCarthy has made 74 appearances for Everton, scoring three goals.