26 year-old James McCarthy doesn’t seem to fit into the plans of new Everton manager Ronald Koeman and he is very likely to be sold in January and the question is whether Rafa Benitez thinks he would be a decent buy for Newcastle.
It’s clear we need a box-to-box midfielder to take some of the strain off Jonjo Shelvey and James is a very experienced player who has played in the Premier League since 2009, when he joined Wigan from Hamilton Academical.
James McCarthy – Everton midfielder available next month
Rafa has said he wants to bring in some Premier League players next month and some of them on loan and James would certainly be a very good addition to our squad.
But it’s also not surprising that the 41 times capped Republic of Ireland International has attracted several Premier League clubs Crystal Palace and West Brom – with Aston Villa also said to be interested.
However, the current favorites to sign him next month seem to be Celtic, his home town club, with James being brought up in Glasgow so that’s a possibility although James will not come cheap.
Maybe the best Newcastle can do is offer him a loan spell through the end of the season, but it could be very difficult even then to get the player to take a step down to the Championship for the rest of the season.
We feel that Rafa is going to surprise us with his transfer targets in January – and James McCarthy could be one of those surprises.
Newcastle are trying to get 20 year-old Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek in on loan, but Rafa has said he also has other targets lined up.
James played four seasons for Wigan and he is in his fourth season at Everton, but Ronald Koeman is willing to let him leave the Toffees next month.
He has made a total 365 first team appearances with 28 goals including 219 appearances in the Premier League with 12 goals.
James is a talented player who would certainly strengthen the Newcastle side.