James McCarthy Move To Newcastle Getting Closer

There’s a report in the Star that Newcastle target James McCarthy has rejected a potential move to Sunderland because he doesn’t want to be involved in a relegation battle this season.

Newcastle have been linked with McCarthy for a while now and Rafa rates the player highly and wants him to form a partnership with Jonjo Shelvey in Newcastle’s central midfield.

That would look to be a strong partnership for the Magpies with James a very good footballer in nearly all aspects of the game.

James McCarthy – 26 year-old Everton central midfielder

And with Everton signing Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United this month the 26 year-old Ireland International could further struggle at the Toffees for playing time and doesn’t seem to have a future under new Everton boss Ronald Koeman.

Crystal Palace are interested in getting the player this month, but James didn’t want to sign for Sunderland in the relegation zone so why would he then want to sign for Crystal Palace who are one point better off then Sunderland in 3rd bottom place.

Of course with Newcastle he would need to take a drop down to the Championship, but hopefully with Newcastle that will be just for this season and then he could be front and center in Rafa’s new Newcastle team the Spanish manager is building on Tyneside.

Rafa stayed at Newcastle when we were relegated because he wants to build a team that can compete for trophies and nothing he has done so far has gone against that – Rafa is changing the club for the better from top to bottom.

Newcastle must stand a decent chance now of signing James McCarthy and it would be on a loan deal initially with an option to buy in the summer.

Let’s hope Rafa and Lee Charnley can pull this one off with the added good news that James wants to join the Magpies – as reported in the Chronicle.

The fact we are getting sold-out 52,000 crowds at St. James’ Park could also help to persuade Glaswegian McCarthy to join the Magpies.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far


    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #1

    I read he was set to stay with Everton after he said no to Sunderland

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Timed my only comment of the day nicely.

    So repost

    So from what I’ve read over the past few years, no one has any idea of the state of NUFCs finances!!! ?

  • TyneMouth

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #3

    Roll on next Tuesday, at 11.00pm when all this transfer ‘non-news’ will be over!

    Charley lists 36 players linked to our club, I have yet to read a single bona-fide quote by a senior executive of NUFC regarding a single one of these players.

    As a matter of fact, there has been a vacuum of reaction from the so-called target players, their representatives, and most importantly their clubs. This is unusual in the age of Twitter, Facebook, et all.

    ‘Gossip abhors a vacuum’ to turn a phrase. In the absence of real news, we have speculation and gossip, so called alt-news.

    There have been numerous posts on this blog expressing concerns about the financial wellbeing of the club. NUFC is a privately owned business, a single owner with no shareholders. Ashley has no obligation to be financially transparent, other than to the tax authorities.

    Ashley’s stewardship of NUFC over the last seven years has been little less than a disaster. His previous behavior should never be forgotten, or forgiven.

    However, over the last 6/7 months he has kept his head down and allowed Rafa space and authority to mould the team, and more importantly, the club, into a modern professional institution. The fact that Rafa is happy with this situation should be conclusive evidence that we heading in the right direction.

    When this mickey mouse transfer window is closed I will be very surprised is Rafa talks of ‘failing to get XYZ over the line’ or any other clichés or Pardew-speak platitudes.

    Rafa is more likely to give a vote of confidence to his team, and possibly a ‘once more to the breach’ type rallying call. After all he is The Manager…

  • expatmag

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #4


    Last hread. I see you think Ashley will give Rafa between 30 and 50 million pounds in the summer?

    I agree.

    However, what do you get for that these days?

    In my opinion, Rafa will need to generate his own funds from sales.

    We know that Thauvin is already on hus way back to Marseille for 10 million pounds.

    I think Rafa will sell Mitrovic and feel we will ve lucky to get our money back….so another 15 million.

    Add in another 10 mill or so for the sales if Dejong Krul Saviet Riviere Tiote etc and we might be getting nearer the mark.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #5

    According to Lee Ryder, “… unless Benitez sees somebody who is going to excel, rather than fill a gap, he won’t make the move.”

  • expatmag

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #6

    LMAO…..THE STAR……for chrisys sake Ed. Their headline in the paper today is the armageddon is happening on February 25th when an asteroid will destroy earth.

    Get a grip man

  • expatmag

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #7


    We have got nought mate…..simple as

  • expatmag

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #8


    Last thread.

    Yes, I think we are down to the bare cupboard regarding available funds at present.

    However, all is not lost.

    In my opinion;

    We bave enough in he squad yo naintain our top 2 positon till the seasons end.

    We have a good enough squad to consolidate in the premiership with some additions.

    We have a siperb manager and a seemingly well organised and cspable coaching staff.

    Our squad is young and a lot of potential to improve.

    It will take us 3 seasons back in the PL in my opinion before we can look at making a push on the top 8.

  • toonincheek

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #9

    Need to remember that when/if we get back to the PL,
    the extra money won’t be received until the end of the season.

    Ashley likes to pay for transfers up front, cash.
    He also expects to WAIT until income is received rather than
    ‘anticipating’ it and spending it in advance.

    But – what matters most is whatever Rafa has got him to
    sign up to, simply because of the HUGE improvement in
    NUFC as a Club- not just on the playing front, but as an
    integral part of the community.

    I know profit comes first with MA, but I also think that MA
    can see how Rafa will make the club profitable/saleable.

  • toonincheek

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #10

    I know news of McCarthy possibler signing hasn’t been
    all that well received on this blog.
    But –
    I think if I were forced to decide between McCarthy and Schneiderlin even at the same money, I would go for McCarthy.

    Schneiderlin, to me, would be similar to our signing of Kluivert.

  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #11

    To be frank I thought Iantoon was being a bit hard on you
    but he appears to be right – you just make it up as you go along to look like some kind of ITK

    Firstly Cisse was sold for 2.5 mill not 5”

    “The Sissoko transfer was definitely NOT money up front but structured over a 5 year period.”
    Yeah right that’s done with 27 year old players ALL THE TIME


  • expatmag

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #13


    To be frank, like Iantoon, I dont give a flying phuck what you think.

  • Belfast

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #14

    Yep stay at Everton please.

  • expatmag

    Jan 26, 2017 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #15


    Read the latest mag article on Sissoko. Thats if you can read English.

  • expatmag

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #16


    Agreed. Thats what I have been trying to say. Ashley will probably give Rafa a minimal 10 to 20 millon quid to spend with the remainder of the budget rsised ftom the sales of Mitrovic etc.

  • Ian Toon

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #17

    Expat is a charleton as the more astute blogger will have understood a long time ago. Information gleaned from a number of questionable sources and subjected to a less than knowledgeable interpretation is not worth any serious consideration.

    I prefer the words of Jimmy Smith who has a sound understanding of the way ahead albeit being subject to the whims of Ashley.
    My advice to expat is to read Swiss ramble which will help put your hat on straight regarding all things CURRENTLY APPLICABLE REGARDING FOOTBALL FINANCES PREMIERSHIP: Championship. Remember ” a little learning is a dangerous thing”. As in all things time will tell.

  • Jib

    Jan 26, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #18

    It’s noticable that you regularly slag the Mail off – then use it to back an argument.


    This is a better source methinks
    £4.97m is closer to 5 than 2.5


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