Newcastle In For McCarthy – But Face Competition From Everton


News in the Daily Mail on Monday night, that Newcastle are interested in signing Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, as the Tyneside club could well lose Yohan Cabaye to Arsenal this week.

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James McCarthy – Everton also interested

The latest news on Cabaye is that Newcastle are in talks with Arsenal about the deal,  but it seems that Joe Kinnear has let Arsenal know the French International will cost them £20M, with £15M to be paid up front.

Most clubs these days buy players by paying for them over a number of years, on the hire purchase if you like, much like Newcastle used to do under Freddy Shepherd, but now Newcastle pays in cool cash up front.

Clubs pay the fees over a number of years because they haven’t got the cash to pay up front,  and hope to pay for their players via future earnings.

And we wonder if the Financial Fair Play rules for European clubs will have any effect at all on the way clubs spend more than they take in – it doesn’t look like it.

However, Everton are also interested in the Irish International midfielder, and the way Newcastle have conducted their transfer business this summer, not many would give us much chance of being able to entice McCarthy to Tyneside, given that his old boss Roberto Martinez is now at Everton.

Wigan want at least £15M for the Scottish 22-year-old, and that in itself could be a big enough barrier for Newcastle in their attempts to sign McCarthy, who is a very good player, and is proven Premier League class – and he speaks English too.

We really hope Newcastle can bring in players this week, but the confidence level of fans must be very low, given the way Newcastle have acted like the Keystone Kops in executing their transfer business this summer. They’ve been pathetic.

It’s not good,  and would seem to plunge Newcastle even further into mediocrity, and maybe even into a second consecutive relegation fight in the coming season.

Can you remember when we were fighting to be the 5th best club in England only a few years ago – when Bobby Robson was leading the club, behind only Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal?

It’s sad that Newcastle seem to have lost all their ambition under owner Mike Ashley.

Sad – but it seems so very true. 🙁

We’ll hope for the very best this week – but our confidence level is not high.

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111 comments so far

  • joeinthecheapseats

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • jokinoot

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #2

    No chance will offer 10 mill less Everton come in with better offer and accept simples next please

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  • Sir Braveheart

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Not going to hapoen. Fellani to Utd, McCarthy back with Martinez at Everton.

    Leaving us with no one.

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  • Geordie crappa

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #4

    Anyone tell you mike, you cant take it with you??

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  • joeinthecheapseats

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Would be nice if we just offer them a decent sum without all of the haggling
    After all it’s not a street market if u want decent players u have to pay a decent price
    Mcarthy Gomis and Ince would be a good week

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  • Geordie crappa

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Im so angry with this man now…..

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  • joeinthecheapseats

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Buy him before Everton sell Fellani simple

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  • Geordie crappa

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #8

    And whats the cunning plan for this week eh? Fat Joe gonna sit on his decrepid hands while Fat Man plays the tune for Pards to dance to with his feet tied together?????????? This is not how to run a business children.

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  • jokinoot

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Lets face it Ashley’s heart/ wallet same thing I guess doesn’t want success just happy to pi?? Everyone off ,he’s not bothered about supporters just his own wealth

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  • Geordie crappa

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #10

    See that article up top there? ‘What is a football club’ by SBR. Can anybody PLEASE get these words to SJP Head Office??

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  • Macas

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Why would we want him, we have loads of defensive midfielders already.

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  • SWHITEY

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #12

    Shame he won’t come as he is a real top player

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  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #13

    anyone notice where swansea are at the moment btw?
    even tho there manager was so so confident of how to play thur – sunday mmmm?

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Not that i think there is any chance we are replacing cabaye with anyone not named anita or gosling…. but if it you had to pick between cabaye and marcarthy (assuming the money is a wash) who would we be better off with?

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  • elpaso_geordie

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #15

    @manxpie 13 – Man U (h) Spurs (a)

    Don’t be a tool bag mate……………………

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  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #16

    i’m not bein a tool bag fella but he was very confident not to long ago about how good he was at setting his teams up for two different games so close together! this is the premier league! he knows he has to play spurs n man u
    and remember we played spurs first game last season and won after a euro game just sayin like??

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  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #17

    notice no insult btw?

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  • jimmysmith

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #18

    This really is our lowest ebb, reduced to some nonsense about essentially swapping McCarthy for Cabaye, as if hopeless old Joe could manage it and if he did, there’d be precious little time left for these apparent charlatans to get any real progressive business done, but then again that was never going to happen either, I suppose.

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  • shamsoftabriz

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #19

    I know that I already voted in the “Do you want Joe Kinnear as Director of Football Operations at Newcastle” poll, but I keep clicking no anyway. Every day I visit this site. Just because.

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  • lesh

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #20

    I must again dusagree with Ed’s assessment that our transfers are like the Keystone Cops.

    The Keystone Cops were based on incompetence.

    The way Ashley and Kinnear are managing our apparent attempts to sign players is based on a contrived and cynical manipulation of the media to try to persuade fans that they are really trying to sign players.

    They have no real intention to sign anyone and I just wish they’d had the guts to say so before the windo opener.

    Ah, but that might just have an impact on season ticket sales when fans don’t take them up.

    No, forget that, it’s just me being cynical. They wouldn’t lead fans on, would they?

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  • scottoon

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #21

    No way we get McCarthy, and not sure I would want him anyway. As long as we are in it against Everton, McCarthy aint coming over. Even if we were not up against Everton, we would bid about half his asking and be left holding our tackle.

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  • banjax

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #22

    Maybe it is best for everyone at Newcastle United to shut up naming transfer targets and surprise us. Every time Kinnear and Pardew tell the world we are in for a player – another team bids 59 quid more and steals the signing – sad but true !! Oh yes – I forgot another piece of free advice for Ashley & Co – there are other countries with good players as well as France, why not try them as well ?

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  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #23

    lesh what are the keystone cops? lol or is it an age thing no offence meant 🙂
    but the thing with ashley is i’m sure he admits himself that football is not his thing and supposedly joe was brought in to help these kind of football decisions but again nothing!!
    so not only is joe useless at signing players but also tellin mike that we’re in the shit!!

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  • manxpie

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #24

    “also useless”

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  • scottoon

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #25

    Went down to my local with a couple of my mates – one Chelsea supporter and one Man U supporter (that’s the way it is in Canada). In years past they would poke fun at the Toon supporter but still respected the club. Now they are just offering condolences. It really is terrible how far we have fallen. It is worse right now then it was in the relegation year.

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  • hazzy

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #26

    A point worth noting regarding FFP
    It makes no difference if a club pays the transfer fee up front or monthly.
    To give an example:
    Lets say Chelsea purchased Suarez and paid 50 million in one go but signed him on a 5 year contract. FFP rules would then note this as 10 mil per season over the course of his contract. It wouldn’t state a loss of 50 mil.in season 2013-14 it would only say 10.
    Hence why you may have noticed players contracts appear to be getting longer. It means the clubs comply to FFP

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  • Crow59

    Aug 26, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #27

    Its becoming unbearable now and i really cant see an end to this embarrassment. Every supporter who reads these endless transfer speculation stories knows fair well that we are about to lose arguably are best player and no doubt one of our most influential with no replacement. Interesting to read that kinnear and pards’s original meeting they came to the conclusion that the squad was big enough. Its pathetic and doesnt take a brain surgeon to figure we need some fresh faces with talent or we risk being in a dogfight again this season against teams that have strengthened it really is sole destroying.

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  • Midfield General

    Aug 27, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #28

    2 to be sold, not one in. Club will be sold, a telling thing.
    On to the Rangers one will go to rape & pillage, another mans sow!

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  • Andres InYaNestEh

    Aug 27, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #29

    Depressing

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    Aug 27, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #30

    I’m actually starting to feel positive. I can’t really see any way that these clowns – Ashley, Kinnear, Pardew – can keep this team in the Premier League. None of them are equipped for the job. So relegation would almost certainly mean that Ashley will finally get out, won’t it? Isn’t that good news, even if it comes at a terrible cost?

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  • roe997

    Aug 27, 2013 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #31

    Marvin martin anyone? Attacking mid with pace and a killer pass. So what if hes small. So os messi! 😉

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 27, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #32

    Such a low time for the football club at the moment.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #33

    jesus christ so we’ve gone from the best squad ever to relegation after 2 games!!!!
    sort ya heads out like!
    drama!! drama!! drama!!
    we’ve got a good fairly new squad ffs it certainly aint all doom and gloom!!
    and if anyone noticed pardew put out an attacking team vs westham is it really his fault that the players didn’t deliver?
    for me no its not its the players job to do there job i.e marv,arfa,cisse,shola,sisko,santon and debuchy!
    they didn’t but we certainly weren’t as bad as some of you make out!
    we’ve all known including pardew!, who has said many times we need attacking players but you seem to blame that on pardew there really is only 2 people to blame and i think u all can answer that!!??

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  • musomag

    Aug 27, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #34

    Sigh……

    You’re making a lot of people very, very unhappy Mr Ashley. You’ll reap what you sow one day. Here’s to the future.

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  • scottoon

    Aug 27, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #35

    Was watching the retrospective video the other day. Keith Gillespie running the wing, sending pinpoint crosses into Tino against the mighty Barca. Oh, how I miss those days. Just cant see any potential for that with this ownership.

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  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 27, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #36

    soooo, BACK TO MY QUESTION.
    All things aside, Mcarthy or Cabaye, who would you rather have?

    Let me get this portion of your answer out of the way, “pardew sux, JFK, sux, MA sux”

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  • manxpie

    Aug 27, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #37

    taco right now mccarthy younger hungrier and british not a cheese eating surrender monkey 🙂 lol

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  • Zero

    Aug 27, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #38

    Taco… cabaye with his head screwed on straight or the current cabaye?

    in the current state id have to say McCarthy. but it wont happen anyway, might as well ask, Cabaye or some french youngster non of us have heard of.

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  • lesh

    Aug 27, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #39

    Manxpie @ 23

    The Nufcblog proudly presents, for your edification and amusement… The Keystone Cops. Tarraaaan!

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a8jphxpi1ro&desktop_uri=/watch?v=a8jphxpi1ro&sa=X&ei=5O8bUtSqNMmM0wW71oDwCg&ved=0CA4QqwQ

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  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 27, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #40

    I’m getting slightly frustrated with Ed about this so called “lack of ambition” because we wont spend more than 10m on a player. did we not bid 15m for PEA, Dortmund bidded 12m and got him because of philosophy and Champions League. So where is the issue here in this example. Not that we did not offer him more money, we could have provided him with a regular starting spot, 52000 fans, a good core of quality players and squad players, end of the day, if Jurgen Klopp wants you to play in a team that plays wonderful slick football and with players of the amazing quality of Reus and Gundogan, then to me that is a no brainer. Plus he will see if he performs well, Bayern or Barca will come calling. So the issue is not lack of ambition, the issue is lack of power to appeal to quality players that they will be able to play to their strengths and to a philosophy that they want to play within. I have no doubt Cabaye and co were sold a philosophy that was false, hence the unrest. Cabaye was clearly frustrated, the constant angled long balls he tried, when we had Marveux or Ben Arfa or even Guti in the hole, Cabaye did what a professional would do, listen to his Manager’s instructions.
    So the issue lays now with Pardew. Some of you will remember I said wait for Fulham and West Ham, after watching the utter jabbering mess we were against West Ham, although the hammers played tight, the fact Ben Arfa was basically trying to do it all himself was clear, there is no faith or want to follows Pardew’s instructions. He has not lost the dressing room, but it will only be a matter of time. Cabaye wanting out is clear to me, PSG have Blanc who gave him his international debut. Arsenal have Wenger, clearly one of the best French Managers ever to grace the footballing community. Both have CL, which gives him a stronger platform for the World Cup. If pardew stuck to the ways of the 5th placed season, I think Cabaye would be happy as larry, pards changed everything and we only get 15% of Cabaye’s ability IMO.
    However, there certainly was no lack of effort from the players, the fact he took Cisse off for Gouffran really wound me up, he replaced like for like. Take Shola off and two of the slowest defenders in the league have a big problem. He even had Vukic on the bench but I have to say, Sammy looked pretty good.

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