The Mirror is reporting on Sunday that Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez wants to raid Everton for two central midfielders to boost Newcastle’s promotion drive this season.
Benitez has apparently told owner Mike Ashley he doesn’t think his squad is good enough to compete in the Premier League and it’s also not a given we will be promoted straight back to the Premier League this season.
Mike Ashley was at the game at Birmingham on Saturday and it could be they met after the game to discuss transfer targets, with Rafa presumably wanting to bring in both Tom Cleverly and James McCarthy.
James McCarthy – wanted by Newcastle
The report is that Mike Ashley is prepared to back his manager with significant funds in January after we have won only four games of the last ten and have lost five of those with a 1-1 dreary draw at St. Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson and Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph are also still wanted by Rafa in January, but how many good players we can get in is a good question.
Rafa has also said that a quick return to the Premier League with the squad he currently has is by no means guaranteed, although that seems to go against what Rafa has been saying lately.
We should probably take this report with a pinch of salt, although we would be very happy to see both Tom Cleverley and James McCarthy come in to improve the central midfield area of the team, which at the moment looks like a weakness.
There’s also no doubt that Newcastle have gone off the boil over the last 10 games since our nine game winning streak was ended with a 1-0 home defeat against 3rd bottom Blackburn Rovers.
Newcastle have won just one game of the last four without Jonjo Shelvey, who is on a five game FA suspension and the team definitely misses his creativity.