Sunderland striker to leave
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Black Cats missed out on Blackburn Rovers new boy Jon Stead but McCarthy is bidding to use Proctor as bait in an attempt to secure the services of a new forward.
Swindon Town hot-shot Sam Parkin and Burnley's Robbie Blake have been linked with moves to The Stadium of Light but the identity of the Wearsiders' new target has not been confirmed.
"Michael could be on his way in a player-exchange," stated McCarthy. "His contract is up at the end of the year and he's been here a long, long time.
"It's not happened for him. Certainly this year, he's been fourth in the pecking order and I just think it's needed to change it around and freshen things up for me to have a fresh face in, but for Michael to get himself a deal.
"His contract is up and I think he'd like to be sorted for the next couple of years, for this season and another two, and I think he deserves that.
"If we can help him do that now and not wait until the end of the season, better still."
McCarthy is still smarting after losing out on Stead, but maintains an interest in new Leeds United loan signing Steven Caldwell.
"Whatever the reasons, I fully expected him (Stead) to come but it didn't work out," the Sunderland boss explained. "So we move on.
"I like Steve Caldwell, absolutely. As a player I think he's got a lot to offer and a lot to offer us if the circumstances are right and we can do it at the end of the season.
"I'd like to sign him for next season but we'll see what happens."
The Newcastle United stopper is out of contract in the summer and is settled in the North East so a move to Wearside will appeal if he does not do enough to convince Leeds to offer him a permanent deal.