Newcastle Willing To Break The Bank To Sign Talented Midfielder

The Mail is reporting today that Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is very keen on talented 26 year-old Everton central midfielder James McCarthy and he is willing to pay the going rate for him which is thought to be £20M.

James was one of two players Rafa wanted to bring in during the January transfer window, the other one being former Newcastle winger Andros Townsend, who has a £13M release clause in his contract at Crystal Palace.

And it seems that both are firmly on the reader at Newcastle and they would like to get off to a good start and bring both players into the club early in the summer.

James McCarthy – over 200 Premier League games for Wigan and Everton

The Mail reports that James is very keen to leave Everton this summer, since he’s had precious little playing time for the Goodison Park club this season under new Dutch manager Ronald Koeman.

If we do pay out £20M that would be a new record transfer fee for Newcastle and would break the £17M we paid out to Real Madrid for Michael Owen way back in August, 2005 when Graeme Souness was the manager.

James has made 219 total Premier League appearances for Wigan and Everton and he’s certainly available this summer and immensely experienced in England’s top league.

Just what we need.

James has played 127 times for Everton with 6 goals since joining them four years ago from Wigan, but has been out of favor since Ronald Koeman joined the club and he seems to have no future at the Toffees.

James was born in Glasgow and has played 41 times for the Republic of Ireland and grew up supporting Celtic as a child.

He’s been one of our favorite players for a number of years now, so obviously he would be a good buy for Newcastle.


Comments welcome.

19 comments so far


    May 7, 2017 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #1

    How many is Woods ahead now? Tbh I’d prefer Mitro getting 3 than Gayle at this point sorry haha

  • toontaff2

    May 7, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Toon here we come! 5-1!!!!!
    Let’s make some noise!
    12 noon on a bloody sunday – hard to get more than 10 beers down yer! 😀

  • Budge123

    May 7, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #3

    Waiting for Metro then a few swift ones and on to watch a thumping win.

    Toon 4-0.

    I think Brighton will also get a win but here’s hoping otherwise!

    Going down going up
    Going down going up

  • manxpie

    May 7, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #4
  • LewSpi v2.0

    May 7, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #5

    Anyone know if Armstrong can play today?

  • beermonkey

    May 7, 2017 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    why are we not on tv

  • Rotonda heights

    May 7, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #7


    sky shafted us and deemed us not worthy!


    I know you really rate McCarthy but don’t see it myself, not for 20M + anyway.

  • tonynufc

    May 7, 2017 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #8

    LewSpi. Armstrong won’t be playing today.

  • beermonkey

    May 7, 2017 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #9


    there showing 2 games you would have thought us and btn would have been on

  • jezza442

    May 7, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Mccarthy for 20m no chance,I wouldn’t pay more than 5 not a bad player but nowhere near 20 I think weveryone have just as good a player in Hayden just needs polishing up a bit and he a future star.

  • Munster Mag

    May 7, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Poor choice by rafa at 20m if he goes for it. Spade a spade. Wud love to see us win pot today. Hope forest survive too

  • TyneMouth

    May 7, 2017 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #12







    VIVA BENITEZ! Thank you, job done!

  • kilcline

    May 7, 2017 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Prefer to spend a bit more and get Carvalho and partner him with Hayden.

    Maguire/Gibson with Hanley other way
    £25-30m striker

    Is what we need

  • expatmag

    May 7, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #14

    BEIN sports showing Villa v Brighton as well as 2 relegation matches in Oz

  • Munster Mag

    May 7, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Agree tynemouth, viva benitez. Have wanted more attack this season especially at home but great achievement. Top man. Will be worth more to us in prem league

  • TyneMouth

    May 7, 2017 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #16

    My last Rafa Bingo for this season, posted at 10:59 AM. No matter how late you leave posting your guess-work, Rafa will slip in a sneaky twist! It must be hell for opposition managers trying to second guess Rafa.

  • U.S Magpie

    May 7, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #17

    McCarthy 20 Million? Sorry but if Ronald does not rate him and does not play him then how could he be worth 20 Mill. I know you could get better, quicker, faster and someone that could score more goals for 20 Million. I still cannot believe we baulked at 5 Million for Deli Ali back in the day, lol.

  • AndyMac

    May 7, 2017 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #18

    Think its just paper talk US Mag ? McCarthy has done very little at Everton and personally I’d want more than 2 goals a season for a £20m signing.

  • Obertans_on_roids

    May 7, 2017 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Break the bank for McCarthy? No Thanks


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