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.
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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