New Everton midfielder James McCarthy calm over transfer fee

James McCarthy has just arrived from Wigan. Photo: PA

James McCarthy is confident the tag of being the most expensive Scottish-born footballer will not weigh heavily on his shoulders.

The 22-year-old completed his move from Wigan to Everton for an initial £13million late on Monday evening, in the process eclipsing the £9.5million Spartak Moscow paid Celtic for Aiden McGeady and even the £12million Wolves collected from Sunderland in return for Steven Fletcher, although he was born in Shrewsbury.

However, the former Hamilton midfielder, who is currently on international duty with the Republic of Ireland, insists his fee will bring no added pressure.

He said: "No, not at all. I am looking forward to it. It's a new challenge and as I say, I am really looking forward to it.

"I have had a few people on my case about it, and it's one I'm going to need to take in my stride.

"Hopefully I can make the step up to a big club at Everton, and it's one I'm looking forward to.

"Obviously I am delighted to be back in the Premier League. It's a real excitement and a new challenge for myself."

McCarthy was given permission to delay his departure for Ireland as he attempted to tie up his move, but even then he had to wait literally until the 11th hour.

He said: "It was hectic. It wasn't nice to be waiting about, especially as it took until 10.50pm when we got confirmation that it was going to happen.

"It was just a relief, to be honest, and such an excitement to go to such a brilliant place like Everton."