Newcastle In Surprise Move For Ireland International Midfielder

Newcastle United are reported to be ready to make a move for top Everton midfielder James McCarthy, according to the Mail.

The former Wigan player is a very good player and has played well in the Premier League for a number of years now and he has creativity and good technical ability – in short he’s a very good all around midfielder.

james mccarthy

James McCarthy – 25 year-old Everton midfielder

The 39 times capped Ireland International moved to Everton three years ago for £13M to rejoin Roberto Martínez, who was the Wigan manager who signed the 25 year-old from Hamilton Academical back in 2009.

We are not sure exactly how much he would cost, but maybe Rafa is lining up midfielders in case Moussa Sissoko finally leaves Newcastle to join his dream club – which is currently Inter-Milan.

Newcastle also have made a £4M profit so far this summer on their transfer business so we have money to spend.

The news in the Mail is Everton boss Ronald Koeman doesn’t seem to rate the midfielder and he is now looking to offload him before the end of August, which has caused Newcastle to become interested.

But it will be very difficult for Newcastle to persuade a top Premier League player like McCarthy to join Newcastle in the second division, when there are certain to be clubs in the Premier League very interested in signing the experienced Irishman.

James has played 115 times with 5 goals over the last three years for the Toffees and he played 133 games with 8 goals in four years at Wigan.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • geordie157

    Aug 23, 2016 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t know much about Dost or Haller.

    I think the left wing/creative midfielder is the priority, if Ritchie or Diame or both get injured we really lack creativity.

    Now Galloway is not an option, can we go and get Charlie Taylor from Leeds or take a chance on Rico Henry.

    James McCarthy is a good player, certainly an upgrade on the likes of Colback in the middle. But doubt there is any truth in this one.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #2


    Competition for places? Now there’s a novelty!

  • Our Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Defo upgrade on colback, where’s the creativity though?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Ian Toon,
    How on earth did the board mask the ineptitude of Carr, they couldn’t even begin to mask their own incompetence. The ‘Carr’ model, as you call it was not born over night, it started with the announcement of Dirk LLambias’s ‘purple’ policy. Was it Carr that announced the grossly incompetent statement about not doing cups, was it Carr that decided that finishing fifth wasn’t sound business and decided to not buy players that year. The guy is a scout who was given far too much say on players coming in because the people that dreamed up these hair brained schemes wanted it that way.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Would be very happy with this as a signing. Not 100% sure it is what we are lacking, whilst Ed mentions creativity, he isn’t particularly creative at all. Would provide an excellent option and a huge upgrade on pretty much all of our deeper midfielders. He and Hayden could form a pretty formidable partnership in there.

    We need creativity though, and he doesn’t bring that, or a lot of goals. If he is one as well as creativity, a left back and a striker then happy days.

  • scout

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #6

    Please let this be true. He’s class

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #7

    It looks like Carr will be judged on the two major flops he did persuade the club to buy rather than the countless signings they wouldn’t. No one will ever know if Payet was on his remit. Van Dijk and Wayama were off limits because Celtic had already got them at the rock bottom price that we were after, I think the only reason they paid more last summer was a, an increase in TV money and the fact that they got stung over the Swansea sale of Bony which may well have gone in to our grubby coffers if they’d forked out.

  • scout

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #8

    Koeman will probably offload him and sign Harrison Reed from Southampton, an Englishman with a very bright future.


    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #9

    with rumours of saivet leaving today and tiote just about leaving every other day,someone like mccarthyor more his position, was always going to be mentioned as a replacement,not so sure on his creative side though,so if saivet leaves we still need the creative player bringing in as well as saivets replacement.

  • nut meg

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #10

    A nice footballer but next to no goals or assists, we have more urgent needs just now.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #11


    Tbf I think it’s a lot more than a couple of failures on Carr’s CV now:

    De Jong
    De Jong
    Mitrovic (jury out)
    + others I can’t remember

    That’s quite a crime sheet even if some of his better recommendations did get away.

    A job of a scout is to find players before their prices skyrocket, not pay top dollar after and most importantly recognise the qualities required for the PL.Carr seems to have failed on many counts.

  • kilcline

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #13

    A lot of business to be done this remaining week and a bit.

    Sissoko, Tiote, Saviet, De Jong already, Riverie, Janmaat to west ham

    Should ask for Byram in return for Janmaat
    Burke or Knockaert
    Haller or Dost
    Henry or Taylor or even better Targett

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Ian Toon complains of people re -writing history – does not say who – really “the people” and their malpractices are invented to kick off his post of total tosh and balderdash.
    He tries to suggest his inside knowledge of how Graham Carr and others operated and what his remit was. Pure invention as nobody knows exactly what was happening behind the scenes.
    No problem for Ian Toon – not only does he re-write history he invents it to suit his own purposes – and to try and thwart his own errors in backing King Percy and Wally Brolly.
    What a devious fellow.
    He also writes unnecessary long posts trying to ressurect his failed journalism career.
    That horse has bolted my old fruit – some folk are good writers some are not- what about a career at a local supermarket might suit you a bit better.

  • Jib

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #15

    It’s quite a talent you have there for missing the point.

    Nice list btw (10/10)

    Carr wasn’t inept or a failure.
    In Ashley’s eyes he was quite ept (sic)
    He was working to a flawed remit.

    Try and look forward , not back , it’s much more rewarding.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #16

    LILO- Yes we’re lacking creativity and goals in the current squad. I was at the Bristol game and in the second half we showed zero creativity with Ritchie subdued . Would still like a LB but the defence was sound particularly CB’s who won long balls into box. The worry without astute signings is that there will be a lot of parking the bus particularly at SJP.

    I personally would settle for Sissoko out on loan but not if it means we can’t bring players we need in.

  • jimmygscot

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17

    James McCarthy is a solid midfield player, better than most on our books but does lack pace which is a problem right thru the team.
    Cannot see him dropping into the championship.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 23, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Rafa is clearly asking players current and potentially new to buy into his vision for the future building Newcastle back up into becoming a major force in the Premiership. Compared to the safe but less interesting options of Hull, Mackems, Stoke, WBA , Palace etc it’s an attractive proposition. The likes of Gayle have embraced this, Das Bost and others can do the same. The best way to make it happen is to be part of it.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 23, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #19

    Mr Tuff – I had hoped by ignoring your random posts towards me that this would be an unnecessary post. As I have told you countless times over the last 4 years I am doing what I wanted to do from being a small boy and use the blog to keep abreast of all things toon. Not really that different from when I was first away from home.
    I have written articles largely as a hobby but to help supplement my income. I don’t have the constitution to keep up with the drinking of the regular hacks. When you see one of my “long winded drivel type posts” just fast forward. It’s all about opinions and Troy Stavers- Lol.

    Reading back I see that my earlier post started a relevant debate which is surely what it’s all about. I don’t apologise for being opinionated as that’s seen as a quality in my circles. What I have never understood is why a man 65+ bothers so much with someone who’s a youngster. Your puerile muck racking style seems out of place in my opinion.. But that’s my opinion only voiced by way of comparison. You don’t remotely resemble the mature senior types that can be admired and who might influence thinking. As before just discount, ignore my contributions and maybe I won’t have to cover the same ground.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 23, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Those players listed were bought for relative peanuts with injuries or lack if form hanging over them. All gambles rather than paying more for more proven records so what do you expect. Always going to be a higher number of failures.


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