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.