There’s news in the Mail tonight that Newcastle have made a £16M bid for Everton central midfielder James McCarthy, but the Toffees have turned it down.
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright has told the Magpies the 26 year-old 41 times capped Republic of Ireland international is simply not for sale.
So we don’t know if Everton will agree to a loan deal with an option or obligation to buy in the summer, but this is more proof that Newcastle are going all out to try to sign the 26 year-old this month in some capacity.
Everton midfielder James McCarthy – £16M bid turned down
The bid of £16M is very close to Newcastle’s highest ever transfer fee of £17M we paid to Real Madrid to get Michael Owen to the club in August of 2005.
Newcastle have been trying to sign McCarthy for several weeks now, but it’s now getting very close to the transfer deadline – it’s about three days and three hours away at the time of writing – approximately.
We may hear more news about this over the weekend, but the statement that he is not available for transfer, after he has been unable to get much playing time under new manager Ronald Koeman this season seems a little strange.
James McCarthy is also becoming a little unsettled on Merseyside and he is now said to be keen to join the Rafa revolution on Tyneside.
It had been reported that Newcastle would only go after loan deals in this window, because we did not want to spend big money in this transfer window, but if we are bidding £16M for McCarthy why not bid £10M for Andros Townsend and tie up that deal?
Crystal Palace want to sell Andros this month so they could be amenable to the sale of the former Tottenham and Newcastle winger.