Newcastle Proposed Player Exchange Deal Extremely Difficult

The Mail is reporting that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez wants to bring James McCarthy from Everton to St. James’ park and he is willing to swap Moussa Sissoko for the 39 times capped Irish International with Newcastle also receiving some money from the Toffees in the deal.

Every time we’ve seen a photo of Moussa at Newcastle since he returned this summer, he’s looked glum so he’s making it known he doesn’t want to stay at a second division club this season – not a player as good as he (thinks he) is.

Moussa would also like to stay in the Premier League if possible and play for a Champions League club, but Everton have not be in the Champions League for some time now – so if he does move to the Toffees he will not get Champions League football.

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Moussa Sissoko and James McCarthy

The Mail is reporting Rafa is a big fan of James McCarthy and certainly the Glaswegian is a very good technical player and would be a terrific acquisition for Newcastle  – if we can persuade him to drop down a division to the Championship.

If Rafa can persuade James to join Newcastle then there is the question of  how much Everton rate James and it’s likely to be a high fee.

We think it may be difficult to get the £35M value Newcastle have placed on Sissoko via a player exchange deal, but we suppose if Rafa wants James McCarthy at Newcastle enough, he could be willing to do a deal.

Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Watford, West Brom and Glasgow Celtic are said to be keen on Moussa, but we cannot think any of those clubs would be attractive to Moussa.

With only one week left in the transfer window something should be breaking soon in the Moussa Sissoko saga – and we cannot say we would be heartbroken if he leaves Newcastle.

Didn’t Moussa say that Everton was one of his dream clubs last summer?

Or maybe I was just dreaming that?


What do you think?

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far


    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #1

    I would give Everton 15 million and Sissoko for McCarthy!!

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Good player imo he’s like a 10x better version of coldback. Would be happy with this.

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #3

    colback ffs


    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #4

    Higher priorities surely? Wingers, strikers and a flaming LB

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #5

    So who is our great signing?

    Still hoping a great CM would come in and a LB surely ! plus LW.

  • mactoon

    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Sissoko runs the risk of ending up left at Newcastle as he has named his ‘dream teams’ but none of them think he is half as good as he thinks he is hence the lack of firm bids. I wonder what happens if he’s left here, does he then realise he has to honour his contract and earn his wages?

    How will it be handled by the club. Disgrace


    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Our Toon
    On Atsu were his loan spells failures?

  • Slank

    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #8

    James McCarthy is good but surely not a priority.

    On top of the shopping list should be a striker and left winger.

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Atsu was loaned to Malaga in January and has played 10 games with 1 goal

  • msk21dec

    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #10

    I rather get kone from everton. We dont need mccarthy. Also they didn’t give us galloway so tell everton to do1

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #11

    We need a playmaker. We have too many defensive midfielders. Haller, Knockeart, that left back, a playmaker and maybe Danny Ings should be enough. We’re linked with that Marseille playmaker.

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Atsu at the end of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations when he played for Ghana – was awarded with both the Player of the Tournament award , as well as the Goal of the Tournament award for his strike against Guinea.[

  • hibbitt

    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #13

    as daft as ketsbaia is that list is exactly what we need getting them is another thing completely

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Atsu is a right winger
    I’m sure Rafa thinks Ritchie would better on the left !

  • Jib

    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #15

    I wonder if we have the neck to go for left back Jetro Willems even though Wijnaldum has left ?

  • lukes26

    Aug 25, 2016 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #16

    I think CM has been the biggest weakness for newcastle the past few seasons.

    I normally write off most swap rumours , but I do remember we were linked with Mccarthy 3 years ago & suspect carr might be pursuing him again

    i know its become fashionable to slate colback, but i like the idea of a mccarthy/colback pairing.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 25, 2016 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #17


    Atsu failed at both Everton and Bournemouth on loan

  • nufc 11

    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Never rated McCarthy always underwelms playing for Ireland goes hiding, in the Roy Keane mould without the balls or drive to succeed.


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