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.