Black Cats chase Crainey
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
McCarthy has been tracking the Scotland international for some time and could move for him during the January transfer window.
Crainey is well down the pecking order at Parkhead and was close to leaving last year before staying on.
Reports suggest that Celtic boss Martin O'Neill is keen on Sunderland ace Julio Arca and could be prepared to offer Crainey in a swap deal for the Argentine.
McCarthy admitted he was looking at prospective signings, but was remaining coy over his targets.
"Yes, Stephen Crainey is somebody we have looked at," McCarthy told the Sunday Sun.
"I have people looking at players up in Scotland and he's one of a few I have my eye on.
"Things might not be immediate but I am looking at players who I think might be able to do a job for us in the long term."