There is a disturbing report in the Times today that Everton manager Ronald Koeman will not allow James McCarthy to leave the club in January.
That seems to be a complete U-turn by Koeman if the report is true, because it seems James McCarthy has no future under the Dutch manager and Koeman has just brought in central midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United.
That will make it even more difficult for James to get games during the rest of the season.
Everton central midfielder James McCarthy
Just yesterday there were reports that Everton were willing to offer McCarthy in part exchange for one of their January transfer targets – Sunderland center-back Lamine Kone – so this seems like a sudden decision by the Toffees – if it’s true.
Only a few days ago there was a flurry of bets on James joining Newcastle and we were odds on favorites on SkyBet to sign the player.
In today’s betting SkyBet still has us as 10-11 odds on favorites to sign McCarthy.
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.
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 back in 2013.
McCarthy has played 220 games in the Premier League so far so he would bring an awful lot of experience to Newcastle if we can sign him.
He would be a terrific acquisition for us.