The Telegraph are reporting that Newcastle are now likely to sign James McCarthy, as the Republic of Ireland International prepares to leave the Toffees where he did not play many first team games under Ronald Koeman last season.
Rafa Benitez was keen to get both Andros Townsend and James McCarthy in during the January transfer window, but that was not possible but now Rafa seems to be making a move for both players.
26 year-old James McCarthy
There was news today that Newcastle will lodge a bid for Andros Townsend of Crystal Palace later this week.
James has not played many first team games this season (13 in all) but he has also had a few injuries notably a groin strain which caused some problems with him being called up by the Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill for World Cup qualifying games.
Ronald Koeman complained the injuries had only become worse when he went to report to the Ireland squad and let’s just say there was some squabbling in the press between the two strong-willed managers.
Since Newcastle were very keen to get James in January we have to believe there has already been some talking with Everton officials about signing McCarthy.
But Ronald Koeman could play hardball on the transfer fee with the news being he could hold out for £20M for James.
But James is just the type of central midfielder player Newcastle need now and he’s be worth that money in today’s inflated transfer market.
Rafa has said he wants to sign players with Premier League experience this summer and James has played a total of 224 Premier League games for Wigan and Everton over the last eight seasons.
Just what we need and he would certainly improve our midfield big time.
What do you think?