Newcastle Could Still Sign James McCarthy This Month

Rafa Benitez still wants to bring in a winger and a central midfielder in this January window although so far we have made no acquisitions this month.

Mike Ashley has decided to keep the transfer funds under wraps until the owner knows whether we will be a Premier League club next season and we suppose that’s OK.

There’s still a chance – a slight chance – that may not happen.

So Rafa is trying to do loan moves with an option to buy in the summer.

Everton central midfielder James McCarthy

Newcastle seem very close to getting Mo Barrow in from Swansea if we cannot get Andros Townsend – and talks are continuing on both fronts.

If we cannot get Andros though the door then Barrow  would be a decent signing for us, but whether we would take up the option to buy Barrow in the summer will depend on how he plays under Rafa.

This man is very fast and could be a real threat down the right wing.

And there’s some better news in the Chronicle this morning that Rafa is still trying to do a loan deal for Everton’s James McCarthy and he would be a great acquisition for us.

The news is that James wants to join Newcastle and Rafa’s revolution, so that should certainly help Newcastle get their man.

We have long thought McCarthy was an excellent player and he could become a terrific player under the guidance of Rafa Benitez.

And it would give us more options in attacking central midfield and somebody to run the show if Jonjo Shelvey is not playing.

Townsend and McCarthy would be simply great for us this month, but we would still take Barrow and McCarthy as (very) good business by Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

7 comments so far

  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #1

    Euromillions jackpot of £76 million won by Irishman – be nice to Munster today just in case.

  • martoon

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #2

    I’d be delighted with Townsend and McCarthy in this window but I have my doubts we are going to achieve it. If we don’t get Townsend I’d rather not bother with Barrow – as far as I can see he is another Obertan – loads of pace but no end product.

  • Jib

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Have a good Burns night everyone.

  • expatmag

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #4


    It is bollox. Do your research

  • jimmysmith

    Jan 25, 2017 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Pretty hard to imagine not going up with bells on with both McCarthy and Townsend on board, and both can be had at reasonable fees. I’m sure Rafa and even Ashley will both be tempted to bite the bullet and get them in on permanents if they can’t get the loans done.

  • magicmac54

    Jan 25, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #6

    As an Irishman, and still living in Ireland, and also a life long Newcastle United fan, i honestly hope we do not sign James McCarthy, he is one player we really do not need, he has no pace, he is not creative in anyway, in fact he is out of the same mould as Jack colback, as an Irishman, i love Irishmen playing for the toon, but only if those Irishmen will improve the toon, trust me on this one James Mc Carthy is not the player we need at the moment, we need someone who can be creative.

  • chuck

    Jan 25, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #7

    Being an Irishman/boy has nowt to do with he signing of McCarthy.
    Anyone who has watched him play recognizes his abilities being he has played professional football since he was a sixteen year old.
    A very good defensive midfielder, similar to his team-mate Barry and a decent playmaker, yet still a relatively young player, he would fit well alongside and could even replace Shelvey if necessary.
    Signing both he and Townsend would guarantee bringing in two EPL class players, which will be needed
    as opposed to some of the names being bandied about.


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