This Could Be Bad News For Efforts To Sign James McCarthy

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.

Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #1

    10 years and1 day, since I sat there watching us lose 1-5, Steven Taylor shot by a sniper on top of the East Stand, DJ Cambell running us ragged! Taylor and Ramage at centre half!

  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2


    It was interesting that Rafa said his prime target is a good age.

    Xabi Alonso is back home in the Basque country for the Bundesliga winter break.

    He gave an interview on the San Sebastián TV channel Teledenosti on a programe called the 90th minute.
    He was asked about his list of best managers –
    Clemente , Mourinho , Guardiola , Ancelotti all got a mention – then Toshack for his work with him at Real Sociedad – but the guy that came in for the most praise was our Rafa for teaching him tactical awareness and his role within a team.

    I just wonder

    He’s 35 and reckons he’s in his prime

  • expatmag

    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3


    I mentioned Alonso a few threads back along with Carrick and Torres as not so far fetched options on short term deals should we get promoted.

  • kimbo

    Jan 18, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #4

    In response to a previous thread re Abeid, if you look carefully it was Krul who passed the ball to Young.
    Below is a link showing how poor Abeid is.

  • expatmag

    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5


    You are right. But Abeid gave a suicidal backpass to Krul in the first place when he could have just belted it away for a corner.

    He is not premiership quality in my opinion

  • cyprus

    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Lots of disturbing stuff lately Ed 😉

  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Abeid – I’ve never rated him. He’s not a bad player just not good enough.

    Mccarthy – exactly what we need.

    Alonso – can’t see it but yes I’d take him. Best range of passing I’ve ever seen.

    I’m hoping rafa has some unmentioned gems joining us.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    No one will get the Rafa Bingo correct today, here’s my effort.


    Yedlin Lascelles Hanley Haidara

    Colback Shelvey

    Ritchie El-Mhanni Goufrron


    I think Rafa will want the Colback Shelvey pairing to get a run out to get them back in the groove although he is just as likely to use Tiote instead of Colback.

    El-Mhanni, might just be one of the young players he is referring to. Pity Sterry is cup tied as he and Sammy I reckon would have started.

  • lochinvar

    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Bingo with a twist ( well he mentioned that he might )

    Yedlin – Lascelles – Hanley – Haidara
    Ritchie – Rafa – Shelvey – Lazaar

  • lochinvar

    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #10

    Koeman talking about keeping McCarthy – nothing to do with trying to start a bidding war between us and the dark side then.

  • one fine day

    Jan 18, 2017 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Essex Geordie Bill,
    El – mahanni is definitely someone I would to see get a run out .
    Could be our own abdulrahman in the making .aside from the you tube stuff he seems to have been performing well in the reserves .
    Back to the stream,
    To go from not required to “he is going nowhere “?
    Sounds very like Everton are maybe trying to either up the bidding war or give Newcastle a push to table a bid.
    However we know Rafa is also pretty handy at stick/ bluff/ fold ..remember how he started giving gini a few pre season run outs …the next day Liverpool put in there bid . He also played blink with levy with let’s be honest ,the best planned robbery since Ronnie Biggs took up train spotting .

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #12

    Anybody no if the box office is open tonight to get tickets

  • Blofal

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #13

    I think Yasin Ben El-Mhanni is number 11 for the reserves

    Check out the spin he puts on this cross to get it to bounce towards our striker… I wouldn’t even think of doing it let alone be able to..

  • AncientC

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #14

    expatmag: Did you watch Abeid in the victory over Man City. He was playing against Yaya Toure, Milner, Fernandinho, and Silva in midfield that day.

    Abeid didn’t flop in Greece either, he made a step up to ligue 1.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #15

    I thought Abeid was decent on the couple of occasions I saw him play for us. In that Man Utd game I thought he played well. The pass back wasn’t great however Krul could, should have done better.

  • hibbit

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #16

    From Sky………..
    Xabi Alonso will retire from playing when his Bayern Munich contract expires at the end of the season, according to Bild.

    The German newspaper claims Alonso told Bayern of his decision before the winter break.
    ed will be on next saying we missed another target

  • Budge123

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Runway think so mate but tickets double the price than so far so up to £20

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #18

    I’m from Glasgow & I know a few of James Mccarthy family & relatives. The thing they always say about him is his natural position is attacking midfielder. Roberto martinez played him out of his favourite position to fit him in the team. Not alot of people know this, Mccarthy didn’t complain as he’s a quiet guy, & he’s getting first team game every week in the premiership.

    Question is if he was to come here, where would benitez play him?? He adapted to defensive mid, but his best position is attacking. Maybe we should rotate him with diame.

  • expatmag

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #19


    Yes I saw the game and he did well. Having said that, Man City could have stepped it up at any time if interested.

  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #20

    I think one of the reasons the blog is slow today is that current account switch vidad makes coming on here too much like hard work.

  • expatmag

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #21

    I cannot see us paying what Everton want for McCarthy (rumoured to be around £18 million).

  • toontaff2

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #22

    RAFA Bingo:

    Yedlin Findlay Hanley Haidara
    Barlaser Tiote Shelvey Lazaar
    Ben Al-Mahni

    subs: Elliott, Lsascalles Clark Colback Murphy Ritchie Holmes

  • welshgeordie9

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #23

    Are we the only side in the championship that hasn’t signed anyone.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #24

    Because Everton are paying over the odds for their signings they expect everyone else to pay over the odds for their rejects.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #25

    Swansea aren’t in the Championship Welshie.

  • toontaff2

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #26

    5-1 . Revenge for my humiliating mention on the highlights 10 years ago!
    And I expect my tenner’s worth!

  • AncientC

    Jan 18, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #27

    expatmag, I was just taking a look through the comments from the 0-2 win against Man City. You were complimenting Abeid for bullying Toure and making him look like a big soft sh*** lol.

    Pardew stumbled onto a formula that day by accident, and completely dismantled it the next game. Of all the cock-ups by Pardew during his tenure, not keeping faith with the formation (4-3-3) and players against Ciy, must be by far his biggest.

  • nut meg

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #28

    If it’s a creative MF player we’re looking for, McCarthy isn’t the right one. A decent player but not what we need just now.

  • ToonRich

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #29

    @13, was that BElM that hit the bar late in the 2nd half? He seems to have great technique and similar size to Yedlin?

  • expatmag

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #30


    Like I said, he played well in that game but I still feel Man City had more important games on their minds other than EFL Cup games therefore players could have given more.

    I still dont think Abeid would improve us. We need better.

  • AncientC

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #31

    expatmag, then why did City put out more first team players that us for that fixture?

  • AncientC

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #32

    *than us.

  • expatmag

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #33


    I seem to remember a certain Rolando Aarons tearing City a new one in that game but he has hardly pulled up any trees since

  • expatmag

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #34


    No idea mate. How did Man City go in both the league games against us that season?

  • toontaff2

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Re: comment 23
    Only 6 teams in the PL – Palace, Everton, Leicester, Hull, Boro and of course, Swansea have done any meaningful incoming transfers.
    In the Championship only 9 teams, Reading, Sheff Wed, Derby, Leeds, Cardiff, Bristol City, Burton, Birmingham and Preston have bought anyone. None of their purchases or any of the loan deals, for that matter, are for players worthy of the Toon!

  • Jib

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #36

    You jump up and down like a kid every window
    I’d hate to stand behind you in a queue in the newsagents
    hardly any transfers in at all in the Championship
    Preston two frees from Dundalk
    Burton a free from Ipswich
    Bristol City and Birmngham a couple of nobodies
    The rest zilch nix nada

  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #37


    that sounded suspiciously like another moan. surely not, coming from you, usually the most positive rays of sunshine!

  • toontaff2

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #39

    It must be raining in Swansea…….again!

  • AncientC

    Jan 18, 2017 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #40

    expatmag, we lost 0-2 to Man City first game of the season, then 5-0 later that year. Man City put out almost exactly the same sides that we played against in the cup.

    Most of the inflential players (including Abeid) from the cup match did not play in those games.


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