The reports of yesterday were that the two clubs interested in Wigan’s James McCarthy were Newcastle and Everton, and the price was £20M, but Wigan know no club would pay that type of money for the 22 year-old, and they are willing to cut their price for the Irish International.
James McCarthy – Newcastle serious about Wigan midfielder
Apparently Alan Pardew is a big admirer of the youngster who joined Wigan in 2009 as an 18 year-old from Hamilton Academicals in Scotland, and he preferred to play for Ireland rather than Scotland at International level, because he qualifies through his grandparents.
The Chronicle today is reporting that Newcastle made an inquiry about McCarthy’s availability at the end of last season, and were told the fee was £15M.
And Newcastle had a lot of trouble trying to get Wigan’s Charles N’Zogbia to the club two years ago, when Wigan Chairman David Whelan didn’t want to sell to Newcastle, and maybe that was because of bad feeling between Whelan and Ashley, who used to be business competitors.
The price was also very high for Charles at around £10M which put Newcastle off, so the same thing could happen this summer with James McCarthy.
The news today is that Wigan would really be asking for around £12M for the 22 year-old, with add-ons based on future performance, as we seem to be doing in the Bafe Gomis deal with Lyon.
At some point under Mike Ashley, Newcastle need to show much more ambition if we are to really build a good side that can eventually challenge for the top four, and we cannot spend months in the transfer market haggling over the fees all the time, for the players we are after.
It gets boring, but to be fair, Newcastle showed in January that when we really need reinforcements, we can move very quickly, and to get five good players in during January, was a great piece of business by the club.
We need to do that again, and Loic Remy and Bafe Gomis would be great, and McCarthy would be a big bonus – and if get those three players in during August, it will have turned out be a very good summer transfer season for the club.
Even at £12M, James McCarthy would seem to be an excellent signing for Newcastle.
For the record, James played 110 times with 15 goals for Hamilton, before he joined Wigan at the age of 18 in the summer of 2009 (where were Newcastle – we had just been relegated and were in disarray), and he has played 127 times with 8 goals for Wigan.
And James played the whole game yesterday when Wigan walloped Barnsley 4-0 at Oakwell, on the opening day of the Championship season under their new manager Owen Coyle.
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