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.
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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