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Newcastle Getting Serious About James McCarthy

9:59 am, Sunday, August 4th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 58 Comments

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.

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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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58 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Beattie25 // Aug 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    8 fricking days.

    8 DAYS!!!!

    I guarantee Gomis is waiting for Marsaille to come in with a bid, much like I believe Remy is waiting to see who bids for him too.

  • 2 Beattie25 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    £12 million?

    Not a chance in hell.

  • 3 colwell // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    J M Aulas – This guy is a Penis, constantly talking shite and contradicting himself. One minute its the deal will be complete this weekend now its 8 days???

  • 4 Beattie25 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Is Carlton Cole still available?

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  • 6 SeanNufc87 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    As I say, don’t think gomis will be coming, Lyon keep moving the posts, I think we should pull out and if he’s still available in January then a two mil bid will get him.

    We will be okay until January if we manage to get Remy imo.

  • 7 WWYCD // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    McCarthy, Ince, Remy and Gomis? Would be fine work 12 mill though is over the top but am sure I saw Wigan say they wouldn’t stand in his way if a PL team came for him who knows probably car though

    Also 8 days to complete a medical? The Lyon pres seems to talk a lot though and regularly seems to be BS

  • 8 SeanNufc87 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Love how it always seems to be Newcastle and Everton are interested in.

  • 9 Ben3arfa // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:07 AM




  • 10 SeanNufc87 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM


    He said a champions league side

  • 11 Jail for Ashley // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Repost :
    I wouldn’t say that we won’t sign Remy but I can’t see us signing both, I don’t know how they would fit all three in the same team and as I have said many times we know from experience Mikey won’t have 3M + stikers warming the bench.

  • 12 WWYCD // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Ah did they? Fair enough but they all say that them flog the player to whoever comes knocking

  • 13 awb83 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    There would be no point what so ever in us signing this lad. He’s a good player, I’ll give him that but I don’t think he is any better then what we already have.

  • 14 SeanNufc87 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM


    Remy on the left, gomis behind cisse, gouffy as back up to any of them.

    I’m assuming you mean best? I don’t blame the club getting rid, we got a great price n his wages were ridiculous around 45k if I remember right.

  • 15 Ben3arfa // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    What a pathetic pathetic club we have turned in to ..

    No wonder the mackems are laughing at us

  • 16 SeanNufc87 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM


    Yeah, know if I was at Wigan and we came knocking I’d be packing my bags, but I don’t think we need him tbh, I rate bigi just as much n he’s younger.

  • 17 Indian Magpie // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    Why should NUFC be paying 5% to St. etienne, Surely that is a deal Lyon agreed with them, what if it was closer to 15-25 % .

  • 18 WWYCD // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    No way was Bests wages 45k

  • 19 SeanNufc87 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:17 AM


    They can laugh all they want, can you name 2 players they have bought n were they came from?

  • 20 JackButler // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    McCarthy and Ince both being linked…………..what the hell is going on???

    Oh yeah, it’s Sunday and papers need to be sold

  • 21 willgwent2k5 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    the french clubs are obviously starting to take the pizz out of us now look at the fiasco with debuchery last year and now this. i say tell the snail eating cowards to stuff it!

  • 22 WWYCD // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Sorry mate am a huge fan of Bigi but McCarthy is streets ahead of him

  • 23 bully76 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    I would like to see us sign mccarthy,hes a good young player and need to add a bit more than just french players to squad.I cant however see ashley spend anywhere near 12 -15 million on a player that we need to to get quality players,we should have done this like swansea to sign bony.Its time for ashley to show a little ambition and spend some of the money hes getting from the massive tv rights this year.sinclair ,ince,or mccarthy,should be able to buy 2 of these players and would not break the bank,how about moses from chelsea,cant see him getting a look in at chelsea now

  • 24 SeanNufc87 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM


    He got 40 at ewood, I can’t imagine them offering him more than us to play a league below us.

  • 25 Ben3arfa // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM


    Yes Giaccherini who is the starting left winger for Italy

    and Jozy Altidore who was one the top scorers in Dutch league last season.

    we have ZILCH

  • 26 croftus5678 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    @17 indian

    it is m8 the same as agent fee’s which are the only 2 things holding it up and niether have anything to do with us but fans do tend to read things int the situation ! personaly i’m almost certain he will come esp as he’s been talking to some of our players and added them as friends.

    + remy is about squad depth and cover for any future misshaps as we will have cisse/remy/gomis/goofy as our true strikers and shola heading out the door and cambell learning his trade.

    tom ince would be 1st team material though imo as its without doubt our weakest position when a striker signs.

  • 27 Jamesthefirst // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    Ashley will NOT be happy with the current situation. He sacked Llambarse because he wasn’t doing his job on transfers. Then someone he likes a great deal: JK, convinces him that he would be the best Director of Football and would make the signings happen so that the Jan situation doesn’t need to happen again where Ashley has to do the deals himself.

    No matter what you think of Ashley, by the very nature of how much he is worth, he is a very ambitious man, and billionaires HATE to be made a mug of. JK is walking a tight rope.

    Still very confident Gomis and Remy deals will happen because Ashley will get involved to make them happen before the Rangers game on Tuesday.

    But we have all learnt something from this transfer window, including Ashley: deals won’t happen unless Ashley goes to the meetings himself. And if that is this case he will start asking himself why he is paying JK at all?

  • 28 Quasimodo's tailor // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Willywent…..I’m sure our French speaking players will be delighted to read yor comment.

  • 29 Indian Magpie // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    indykaila News ?@indykaila 27s
    I’m waiting for someone to confirm the Newcastle United news I have, it will be an exclusive transfer news.

  • 30 JackButler // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    indykaila News ?@indykaila 1m
    I’m waiting for someone to confirm the Newcastle United news I have, it will be an exclusive transfer news.

  • 31 WWYCD // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    We bought him while in the Championship we weren’t paying top end wages and we got him from Coventry. Blackburn may of been in a lower league but they have rich and stupid owners

  • 32 joeinthecheapseats // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    If the Spuds get 100 mill for Bale they will be after a bigger player than Remy I would be more worried about West Ham
    Half of the stuff in the papers is nearly always wrong and
    Surely even JFK won’t mess up these two penalty kicks next week
    Might turn out to be a good season with a good chance of doing well in the cups as well.

  • 33 WWYCD // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Christ lads man indynews? Jesus Colin is bad enough but indynews

  • 34 ~Joke-innear~ // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    More chance of the sun turning purple then Newcastle making Mcarthy their most expensive signing in recent years.

    Thats not even taking into account how well Ashley and the wigan chairman get along with each other.

  • 35 Jail for Ashley // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I don’t believe for a nano second that Best was on 45K a week and considering we were one of the leagues lowest scorers with our substitute striker scoring one goal in 23 appearances was 3M that good of a price.

  • 36 SeanNufc87 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Indykaila is a crap bag.

    Ben3arfa fair play I forgot about jozy, but I can’t see him doing that well from what I’ve seen he doesn’t make goals, he scores in space, he won’t get that in this league, don’t think he will be as poor as when he was at hull but I think it will be closer to the mark.

  • 37 Indian Magpie // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:32 AM


    its fun!

    So what its incorrect sometimes

  • 38 WWYCD // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Indian Magpie
    Pandering to a child screaming for attention and dining on people’s hopes isn’t my idea of fun

  • 39 croftus5678 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    @25 ben

    you are aware that altidor played for hull and was absolute tripe ? in fact he’s been very very poor at everywhere apart from az and america and tbf look at what hesky is doing in america ^^

  • 40 the holy grail // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    i know we looked very hard at diego lugano and it was a split camp on weather to sign him so we didnt. He would have added alit of experience but may not have wanted to be used in squad rotation. A player we have watched many many times is will hughes and as with mccarthy both are ready to step into cabaye’s shoes is he ever left they both are more replacments rather than additions

  • 41 SeanNufc87 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM


    I can’t see a way around this as there doesn’t seem to be any info regarding his wages. I remember I got rid of him on FM for having high wages mind :p lol

  • 42 joeinthecheapseats // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Think Best would have had similar wages to Simpson 15 to 20 grand a week

  • 43 Indian Magpie // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:38 AM


    I meant Rumours, Newspapers do i. Just a bit of excitement

  • 44 scout // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Post 25
    You can bet your bottom dollar he wont be starting for Italy anytime soon now pal.

  • 45 scout // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    The average wage at Newcastle was something like 35k a week so a fair few players must be well under the 35

  • 46 the holy grail // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    For anyone who is gutted the mackems have bought altidor who last time in england only scored 1 goal, a certain alfonzo alves and matej kezman were prolific in holland and what did they go on to do? Appart from the big 4 in holland the standard in awfull

  • 47 Jail for Ashley // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    There may be no hard facts as to his salary but by applying common sense, logic and what other players are earning it would be relatively simple to deduce that a striker signed for less than a million pounds from a financially ruined Coventry would not be getting 45K a week.

  • 48 t00ntime // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    I see people posted the 8day quotes, but nobody posted this? :
    @GFN_France: J-M Aulas is suggesting therefore that the transfer won’t be official for ‘8 days’ but the deal could be done at the end of today. #Gomis

  • 49 WWYCD // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Indian Magpie
    Indynews is on par with Colin just some idiot who has access to a computer it’s not rumours its bull

  • 50 croftus5678 // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    only info i got was that best and simpson where rumoured to be on 25k pw and when bent joined his new team his new contract was 40k pw

  • 51 JackButler // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    If we are serious about signing McCarthy we should be offering them some of our youngsters on loan and deadwood to move the deal in our favour.

  • 52 scout // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    They have you believe it’s the hardest thing in the world to sign 1 player. Personally think Gomis will sign, Remy 1 year loan and that’s it.

  • 53 t00ntime // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Altidore has been sh1t all his career and them had 2 good seasons whilst he was in holland. He was great last season but almost no one in holland cared. Bony was the name on everyones lips, even Lens was mentioned more.
    Did Altidore go under the radar and the mackems did a good but of buisness (if so well done, fair play to them) or did the dutch press know he wasnt going to be big and the mackems just looked at the stats and flopped

  • 54 toon kk // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    MA is a very ambitious man to make and save money for himself, unfortunately he will only put money into the club when absolutely necessary. So any signings must be a perfect deal, after all he doesn’t want to spend a penny to much.

  • 55 bobby mango // Aug 4, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    I’m intrigued to know what the club would plan to do if we signed McCarthy. Surely Cabaye or Tiote would have to go.

    Feel sorry for Anita, he warranted a starting ahead of Tiote last year. Feel he should be pressing for 1st team this year, now we’re taking about getting in another CM.

    Its madness. Think Gomis will happen but until Remy is signed we need to be looking at the weaker areas of the team (wide forwards) before looking at central midfield.

  • 56 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 4, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    McCarthy would be a great long term investment with his age and premier league experience, but I can’t see where he fits in the squad. If gomis comes in I can see sissoko and cabaye playin more deeper, and we have tioti, anita and squad players, and bigi as back up. It doesn’t seem like bigi gets used very often either, mite just be better 2 send him on loan.

  • 57 roadhog2k // Aug 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Although it would be nice to see some British players coming through the door, I’d rather have a Midfielder that can score goals!!!. In the past whenever we’ve had a winning season we’ve had goal scoring midfielders knocking them in. Whether its Gary Speed (RIP), Rob Lee etc, Nobby Solano even pitched in with 7 League goals when we finished 3rd in 2002/03. That was 1 less than Cisse notched for us last season. 8 Goals from 127 games just isn’t good enough!

  • 58 roadhog2k // Aug 4, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Ok So he is Irish, but you know what I mean!

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