Rafa wanted two players brought in late during the January transfer window – James McCarthy of Everton and Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace.
He got neither.
The Newcastle manager was also keen to sign Tom Cairney of Fulham earlier in the window, but it wasn’t too surprising when Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic said no way Jose.
Everton central midfielder James McCarthy – worth £20M
And then Fulham said Tom was available but for a massive £20M – nice try – pull the other one – it’s got bells on.
The Northern Echo are reporting today that Newcastle think they can strike a deal for Tom at £12M and the Mail are reporting Newcastle still want James McCarthy from Everton, but that we may have to pay up to £20M for the former Wigan central midfielder.
James is a very good player and he would be a great acquisition for us and he also has the vast experience of having played 224 Premier League games in total for Wigan and Everton.
Even though Everton manager Ronald Koeman says he wants to keep James at the club and that it’s because of his injuries last term that kept him out of the first team, James could well want to make a fresh start.
We hope he wants to make a fresh start!
And the Irish International is said to be (very) willing to join Rafa’s revolution on Tyneside.
With today’s crazy transfer fees we think that £32M for both central midfielders would be decent enough value. although it’s possible we could get James for less than the £20M Everton will ask for him.
Bringing those two players in and having Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden available would give us a strong central midfield for next season.
And we also expect Rafa to bring in another defensive midfielder this summer to challenge young Isaac Hayden for that starting position in the team.
Both James and Tom were wanted by Rafa in January as was Andros Townsend.
And for £13M, Andros would still be a good buy and it seems the fans are willing to forgive him for leaving us in our time of need last summer.
So for James McCarthy, Tom Cairney and Andros Townsend we can get three very good players for around £45M – that’s a fairly good deal considering today’s (very) inflated prices.
Rafa will have between £70M and £100M cash to spend this summer plus anything he can get from selling players – and there are quite a few players who will be leaving Newcastle before September rolls around.
What do you think about this?