If Rafa Benitez wants to bring in players in January who can not only help Newcastle get promoted this season, but also perform well in the Premier League then James McCarthy of Everton could be a top candidate.
Newcastle were linked with the Irish International in the summer in the Chroncile among other outlets, but it’s not clear if the Newcastle manager is really interested in McCarthy, who is having a tough season at Everton under new manager Ronald Koeman.
James McCarthy of Everton
James has seen very little playing time this season, appearing only 4 times for The Toffees, but he has been injured too.
McCarthy has proved in the Premier League with both Wigan Athletic and Everton when his manager at both clubs was Roberto Martinez, that he is a Premier League class player who could bring both skill and experience to Newcastle’s central midfield.
The Glasgow-born player who supported Celtic while growing up has been capped 41 times by the Republic of Ireland and would be available for transfer in January.
James wouldn’t come cheap, but if Benitez is after some class in Newcastle’s central midfield he could do a lot worse than going after the 26 year-old.
James started his career at Hamilton Academicals after trying out and being turned down by Celtic as a youngster.
He played for the first team at Hamilton for three years from 2006 before he joined Wigan Athletic in the summer of 2009.
James spent four seasons at Wigan before joining up again with Roberto Martinez at Everton in 2013.
McCarthy has played 210 games in the Premier League so far and he could be one of the men Rafa brings in to improve the Newcastle squad in January.
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