Newcastle Now After Wigan Midifelder James McCarthy


The Independent is reporting that next in line for Newcastle could be Wigan’s top midfielder James McCarthy, who at 22 years old fits the profile of players Newcastle want to sign, but Wigan are asking a massive £20M for the youngster.

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James McCarthy – Newcastle interested

James is a very good player,  who has played for all the Ireland Youth sides, and 16 times for the full Ireland side.

But because he is British his transfer fee could be high (very high), and we would think out of the range of Newcastle.

However, the Independent  reports that both Newcastle and Everton are interested in signing the 5’11” central midfielder, and it could be that if he moves he could prefer to follow his former manager Roberto Martinez, who is now at Everton.

James joined Wigan from Hamilton Academicals back in 2009 as an 18 year-old,  and he’s played 127 times in the Premier League for Wigan with 8 goals, and last season he appeared 42 times with 3 goals.

We think James would be a terrific signing for Newcastle,, but he would cost a big fee, and it’s doubtful Newcastle would be able to bring the Irish International to Tyneside.

And Newcastle have now agreed terms for the permanent transfer of Bafetimbi Gomis from Lyon,  and a season long loan deal for Loic Remy of QPR, but neither striker deal has yet been completed.

But it seems that Newcastle are near to having some success in the transfer market this summer,  and that’s great news if we can seal the deals.

Better late than never.

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154 comments so far

  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Non-starter because
    a) we dont need Central midfielders
    b) he isnt worth 20m

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  • TheToonKing

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #2

    20 mil, lol. More like 4 at most. Not gonna happen.

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  • iggystinger

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #3

    We need another CB if anything

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Comment #4

    4 at most? Granted he isn’t worth 20m but he is an absolutely cracking player. If it was announced that we spent 10m on him I’d say “fair enough”.

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  • Ben3arfa

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #5

    In fairness, McCarthy is worth somewhere between 8-12 million quid.

    20m is a typical over inflated Dave Whelan price

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  • Patoon

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #6

    How can he be Irish and British???

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #7

    wouldnt spend over 6m on him, as its a position we dont need to strengthen

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Patoon

    Plays for Ireland through the grandparents, but he is born in Scotland.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #9

    who has played for all the Ireland Youth sides, and 16 times for the full Ireland side.

    But because he is British …….?

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  • johnboy

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone seen the story on twitter (I know, hardly the most reliable source) about JFK turning up to a meeting with MA, Pards and Carr etc absolutely smashed from his train journey and the next day asking Pards what time the meeting was, oblivious to the fact it was the night befor and he couldn’t remember? Story suggests that MA wants rid of him after this. I hope this is true!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #11

    only if cabs goes and then 8m max.

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  • Patoon

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Ruddy

    Ok, the grandparent rule again, u goin over 2 any games this season?

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #13

    Patoon

    Looking to get moving over to Newcastle to go back to finish off my degree, but I might not get over as I might have left it too late to re-apply.

    Strongly considering not going to any games even if I am living in Newcastle, as I am sick of Mike Ashley.

    What about you, will you manage to get over much?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Football has officially gone mad if championship clubs can try and command fees like that

    No chance the lad would be worth £8 mil if they were still in the prem, but there a relegated club and certain players will want out so £6-7 mil

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  • shango87

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #15

    YES! this is the player that newcastle need to sign, young, prem experience and already a full international. easily be able to build the team around him for ten years minimum! as for the price…. 10 mil tops, wigan aren’t exactly in the possision to turn that money down with no gaurentee on them returning to prem next year. i would love him to sign for us!….LOVE IT

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  • ted

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Ruddy has a background in law and an unfinished degree? Explains a lot…

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  • potski

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Ruddy

    We are are not far apart. Spurs will strengthen and £85m is alot of money to play with. That will keep them in Europe for years to come. But I’m not sure selling their best player is the way to break into the top four and get CL regularly.

    But they are still out of our reach, as are Liverpool and probably Everton. We not only performed over and above ourselves 11-12, but Liverpool performed badly that season. Despite the money they have wasted on Carroll and others, they still remain a stronger team than us. We cannot compete with their annual income.

    Even if they lose Suarez and Spurs lose Bale, I don’t see us coming above either them, Everton or Swansea. So we are competing for 9-10th AT BEST, and I think we agree we are a midtable club.

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  • G

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #18

    He’s a good player, who has potential to be very good indeed, but 20M? Nee chance.

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  • stu mel

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #19

    Total off the topic but I want to but I new shirt I support newcastle and want to pay them for It not by some replica, n before I start I’m not cisse getting a mega wage where I could give those loans out to make up for it, but as a fan I refuse to have wonga assortianated with me, but I still really want a top any clues

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  • Yohan Kebab

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #20

    wish id chosen to do my degree at newcastle uni now tbh 🙁

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  • G

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #21

    “but I new shirt”? Autocorrect?

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #22

    McCarthy is top 4 standard in my opinion. If Gareth Barry, Scott Parker and John Obi Mikel are good enough for top 4/5 then McCarthy is more than good enough.

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  • Patoon

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Ruddy

    Going 2 the Fulham game at the end of this month, it’l b the first time since we hammered Cardiff in the Championship season, very busy man and hav a young family and house 2 keep, affording it can b tough when ther’s wee mouths 2 feed lol

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  • stu mel

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #24

    iPhone sorry I was wondering how long sorry ill try harder

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Potski

    Spurs seemed to have managed the departures of Modric, Berbatov, Keane et al over recent years and still manage to be very competitive. In recent years they are signing even higher calibre players and are closing in on the top 4, selling Bale might mean their wait for top 4 is postponed for another season but they will be much stronger in the long run.

    Liverpool’s annual income ensures that they can afford to waste money on ridiculous transfers and still have a lot left over to make other signings.

    It seems we’re on the same page with where our club is at.

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  • beautifulmind

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #26

    macarthy is a good player and would be a good signing but I doubt whether MA would spend that much on him. With Kinnear Im sure his contract will have an initial performance clause meaning if he doesn’t perform within a fixed period of normally 6months MA can get rid of him without paying compensation.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Patoon

    I was at the Cardiff game too, missed the first 5 mins so I missed the first few goals! haha

    Yeah I know how expensive it is myself, although I’ve no wife and wee ones to feed so it must be hard lad. People living in Newcastle don’t know how lucky they are haha

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  • stu mel

    Aug 2, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #28

    Not gonna happen paper talk night

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 3, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #29

    Balk!

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  • Patoon

    Aug 3, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #30

    Ruddy

    I know, it would b great living over ther, no flights or accomodation 2 pay, just a ticket and a lock of vodka lol, i was sitting in line with the edge of the box in the Milburn stand and saw the first 3 goals rite in front of me, up until that nite i thot that Carroll was a donkey but he was fantastic that nite, won everything

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  • Newcastle Brown Alien

    Aug 3, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #31

    This is the reason we buy foreign (french). A mediocre player who would warm our bench valued at 20mil. Makes me sick.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 3, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #32

    Patoon

    Was a great result, can’t see us giving Cardiff the same trimmings this season!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #33

    Mediocre player? Some people clearly don’t watch football.

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  • lesh

    Aug 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #34

    Two things:

    Why didn’t we go for signings early?

    The word ‘troll’ crops up a lot. What, in the context of thus site rather than Norse legend, is a troll?

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 3, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #35

    Troll-

    One who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument

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  • YOY_Yorkshire

    Aug 3, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #36

    It’s is apparent that we have movement on the transfer front but I do have an uncomfortable feeling as reflected in the following bleacher report…
    http://m.bleacherreport.com/articles/1725485-overrated-gomis-will-disappoint-newcastle-fans
    I feel that Joke Innear is desperate to get anyone in now that he’s under the spotlight. This wigan and the previous Bardsley smack of this too

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  • Pizzicato The Arizona Geordie

    Aug 3, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #37

    I once think that we could grab all the good players at Wigan for replacing Gosling, Obertan, Perch and Simpson. However, 20M for McCarthy is rather terrible. How much is McArthur then?

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  • Novocastrian66

    Aug 3, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #38

    McCarthy is a good player but he isn’t in the £20m bracket. Cabaye would be worth £40m if that was the case as I believe Yohan is twice the player McCarthy is.

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 3, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #39

    Wouldn’t surprise me one bit if McCarthy moves to Manchester United for 20 million at the end of next season. Provided he continues his development and progress as he did last season.

    Wonderful player on his day.

    But nowhere worth 20million as of now. Not gonna happen.

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  • YOY_Yorkshire

    Aug 3, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #40

    Johnboy I wish

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