Crystal Palace have signed Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy from Everton on a permanent deal.

The 28-year-old becomes the Eagles' fifth new arrival of the summer.  

"I can't wait to get started," he told his new club's website.

"It feels like a very nice club, nice family club. The fans obviously come out in their numbers and I spoke to James [McArthur], he couldn’t speak any more highly of it. I’m delighted to be here; it’s a fresh start that I thought I needed."

McCarthy made just a single Premier League appearance last season as he returned from a broken leg suffered in January 2018.

The former Hamilton Academical player joined Everton in 2013 from Wigan Athletic for a fee of £13m. 

"I'm really pleased we've been able to bring James to the club because he's a player I've admired for a very long time," said Palace boss Roy Hodgson.

"He's a player with a vast amount of Premier League experience, given his six and four years playing for Everton and Wigan respectively, and he will be an excellent addition to our midfield."