Black Cats trail Magpies striker
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The England Under-21 international recently spent some time on loan with Nottingham Forest and McCarthy has also showed an interest in the skilful forward, despite the fact that he plays for Sunderland's fierce North East neighbours.
"Michael's a player I've tried to take on loan in the past," McCarthy told The Times.
Chopra is highly regarded on Tyneside although it is felt he could benefit from gaining extra experience from obtaining regular first team football elsewhere.
Sunderland have raided Middlesbrough this season to bring Stewart Downing and Colin Cooper to Wearside on a temporary basis, so McCarthy has shown no reluctance to do business with clubs traditionally considered to be The Black Cats' rivals.
Although promotion remains a priority for the Stadium of Light outfit, only McCarthy's former club Millwall stand in the way of an FA Cup final appearance for the Division One side.
Chopra was part of Watford's squad when they reached the semi-finals last season and it will be interesting if McCarthy was to bid to acquire him ahead of the Millwall clash at Old Trafford.