Freelance Sports Broadcaster Alan Irwin, who reports mainly for Sky Sports News is at the Everton training camp today and he is reporting in the Star that Newcastle United are still interested in getting James McCarthy in today.
But the deal is £20M, with Everton unlikely to budge at all on the price for the Irish International and that may be too much for Newcastle.
To be more specific – that may be too much for Mike Ashley.
James McCarthy – 26 year-old Everton central midfielder
This is what Irwin has reported as published in the Star:
“James McCarthy has been the subject of interest from Newcastle although the £20M price-tag may put Rafa Benitez off.
There’s better news this morning regarding Andros Townsend with the deal to swap Chancel Mbemba in part exchange now off.
It is now possible that we can get Andros through the door and that’s better than nothing.
The deal is a straight loan deal with an option to buy in the summer and James White of Sky Sports is whipping up hype that Palace could bring in five or six players today – in the next 12 hours?
That tells us it has to be deadline day.
But what we really want is to get both Andros and James through the door today and if we can do that it would be terrific – even amazing.
But Mike Ashley seems unwilling to spend money in this transfer window.
That tells us we must not be in any relegation trouble.
But we’re still hoping for some miracles today.
Rafa’s press conference is at 1:00 pm today – it will be interesting to see what he has to say.