Newcastle are said to be in the running to sign Everton midfielder James McCarthy in the January transfer window, since James has struggled to get game time under new Dutch manager Ronald Koeman on Merseyside.
It’s strange but managers prefer certain kinds of players and it seems that Koeman doesn’t rate the Glasgow-born 39 times capped Ireland International.
His home town club Celtic are also said to be in the running for James, who started his career at Hamilton Academicals after trying out and being turned down by Celtic as a youngster.
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James has made just 3 appearances for the Toffees this season but has also been out with injury; it seems he is surplus to requirements on Merseyside and will be made available for transfer in January.
Just how good a chance Newcastle have of signing James in January will depend on how well we ware positioned in the Championship.
If we are high up in the table Newcastle should have a decent chance of signing McCarthy given that Rafa Benitez is interested in the central midfielder, as the press is reporting.
James played four seasons at Wigan from 2009 under manager Roberto Martinez and signed for Everton in 2013 when Roberto took over there and he’s since made 116 appearances with 5 goals for the Toffees.
When he was at Wigan he played 116 times with 8 goals.
Rafa will be keen to sign as many quality players in January as possible to both help our promotion drive and also strengthen the squad – in the hope we can get promoted and back to the Premier League in May.
Newcastle have money available after we made a £31M profit in the summer transfer window.
Even without that profit Rafa was promised significant transfer funds last summer to build the squad as part of the agreement he reached with Newcastle to stay on as manager for the next three years.
Newcastle are now listed as joint 4-1 favorites with Celtic to sign McCarthy in January, with Newcastle’s odds continuing to shorten.