Newcastle Reported The Likely Club To Sign This Playmaker


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?

Comments welcome.



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111 comments so far

  • Bambams

    May 29, 2017 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #1

    I think there could be better players available. Koeman has turned Everton around without him, if we do go for him I would argue 20 million is steep for a player who is not a regular

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  • jayphoto

    May 29, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #2

    can’t see why we’d write of ranocchia… rafa loves a giant CB, and to be fair he looked really decent for the most part for Hull… he’s a good player! Be surprised if Silva doesn’t try and take him to Watford though.
    Really like McCarthy, but his injury proneness should be off putting… for 20m I’d assume we could sign better tbh

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  • giimps

    May 29, 2017 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Heres another one whos price is directly proportional to the massive tv money and homegrown status but not unfortunately to his ability…….not for me …..not for that price…….maybe 7-8m

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  • SPRINGY

    May 29, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Not sure mccarthy could be described as a play maker,grafter yes but at 20m…very steep,half that price yeah as i do think we need competition in midfield.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 29, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Don’t want this guy here and first of all he ain’t a playmaker!

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  • magicmac54

    May 29, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #6

    As an Irishman, who has supported Ireland and Newcastle all my life, iam 62 now, i really hope Newcastle do not sign Mc Carthy, he is very overrated, he has no pace, does not command midfield, is not creative in anyway, does not score many goals, ive watched him for many years plating for ireland and Everton, and have never been impressed at all, in fact very very few Ireland fans rate him, and the irish fans are very great and fair fans, in my view he is not even as good as Colback, need i say anymore, he is not worth anymore than 5 million, i really hope there is no truth in Newcastle being interested in Mc Carthy. HWTL.

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  • jayphoto

    May 29, 2017 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #7

    @magicmac – suprising to hear,you’re right, Irish fans if anything usually overrate their players and are always positive!
    McCarthys one of those where we’ve all seen him a lot, and for most he’s rarely caught the eye.. I’ll trust rafa like, but I can only think this was a January championship target not a premier league target (I hope)

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  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    May 29, 2017 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Wouldn’t call him a Playmaker- he’s more of the opposite. I think he’s okay but not worth 20m. I think he got a little over hyped when he went to Everton and that reflects his price now even though Koeman doesn’t want him.

    Think we could get much better for that money.

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  • giimps

    May 29, 2017 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Easy link, Lazy journalism …..again……mind you …..who havent we been linked with ,it was inevitable really, we need players, we were interested in Jan (apparently) whats changed, …..oh yes, the league were in now, Mcarthy cant get into Everton side but he is who were going to blow a substantial part of our budget on to a (hopefully) direct opponent thus strengthening their hand, we should be going after whoever Everton would replace him with ……IMHO, im pretty sure Rafa has worldwide contacts too……if it wa sme though…..id rather have Delph at a third of the price, quicker, more mobile and useful.

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  • Salmon

    May 29, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t want McCarthy myself.All I saw from him was silly and leg breaking tackles;
    brawling,etc..Seems Ed is the only one who has been keen on him.I’d like to have Stefan Nzonzi instead for that holding Midfield role.

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  • giimps

    May 29, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #11

    20m is what i would expect to pay for a half decent striker never mind a destroyer (Kante aside) god il be pleased when the season starts and we have all (or as many as we can get) of our targets …..its doing my napper in already and this season aint even finished yet

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  • kilcline

    May 29, 2017 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #12

    Need to go all out for Carvalho to be our beast of a defensive mid, similar to what Spurs have.

    Bring in Townsend on the wing and take the Barca play maker. Then spend big on a striker like batashuyai and concentrate on 3 defenders, hull got relegated for a reason so let’s not buy their whole defence!!

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 29, 2017 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #13

    Please – no Townsend – he’s just interested in himself. London boy – hope he stops there.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2017 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #14

    There was a comment on the news this morning saying that winning the Play offs will be worth £170m.

    Really! Is this a one off or part of their future EPL earnings, if it’s the former then was it worth more for that team to be promoted that way than it was for us to be going up as champions.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2017 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Rafa, if he aint good enough for Everton then he’s not good enough for us. Simple logic. 🙂

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  • AncientC

    May 29, 2017 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #16

    You could probably get Daley Blind for slightly more than it would cost for McCarthy. The only problem would be competition for Blind’s signature. I doubt there would be much of a bidding war for McCarthy – which would attract Charnley.

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  • geordiemark

    May 29, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #17

    20 million have to be joking cant even get in the everton team, 7 million tops that’s it

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  • Ron Knee

    May 29, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #18

    Prutton backs Huddersfield!

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  • cyprus

    May 29, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #19

    I think it’s that 20 million tag…
    Is this the guy who busted up heidara?

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  • sing in the corner

    May 29, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Definitely yes to Toonsend – what he did is all water under the bridge and he was a revelation for us when he came. Rafa seems very keen on him and that’ll do for me!

    Definitely no to McCarthy – don’t see what is better about him than Colback.

    Definitely maybe to Cairney. He has promise but another one that’s not worth 20mill, which is the figure that’s been bandied around.

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  • sing in the corner

    May 29, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Nah that was McManamanaman

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  • cyprus

    May 29, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #22

    How much is Barkley going for?

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  • Salmon

    May 29, 2017 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Ancient – blind sounds good choice too.I won’t reject him If I get a chance.
    Is versatile, killing three birds in one..
    Definitely my choice instead of McCarthy.

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  • AncientC

    May 29, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Yeah, Blind only has 1 year left on his contract at Man Utd. Wages currently around 75k a week. Seems manageable.

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 29, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #25

    Sorry but we all see how shite McCarthy is,and he’s not a playmaker (goes to show how much these pathetic newspaper fools know about football) and he’s also prone to injuries so no thanks.

    Plus if we see him as a downgrade so does Rafa end off!

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 29, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #26

    AncientC

    Yeah top player but who would start though Shelvey or Blind?

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  • SPRINGY

    May 29, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #27

    The lad at huddersfield,philip billings looks a good player…not sure how much they want for him,but worth a look…out injured at the minute tho i believe.

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  • expatmag

    May 29, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Brown…..miss of the season

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  • AncientC

    May 29, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #29

    I would play Shelvey and Blind together in that scenario. Hayden is still an unknown quantity at PL level, and would get his chances via injuries, form, or ability to play in other positions (CB for me).

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  • Ron Knee

    May 29, 2017 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #30

    Huddersfield should be 2-0 up.

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  • manxpie

    May 29, 2017 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #31

    Ron knee have a look at this re john noakes bloody mental 70s health and safety

    Take a look at @northumbriana’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/northumbriana/status/869126909170524160?s=09

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  • Toonces

    May 29, 2017 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #32

    EGB @ 14

    The game isn’t directly worth that amount. It is an estimate of what promotion to the EPL as result of winning this game could be worth. The winner doesn’t get a winfall prize. This link might help explain better.

    http://www.getreading.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/reading-fc-could-net-nearly-13089502

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  • Ron Knee

    May 29, 2017 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #33

    manxpie

    Amazing stuff!

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    May 29, 2017 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Toonces

    Cheers for the info. thought it was something like that.

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 29, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #35

    20M???? He’s not worth half that. Ridiculous.

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  • Chancel My MBembaship

    May 29, 2017 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #36

    This game is going to be decided by a 121st minute own goal, with someone shanking the ball into his own net due to tired legs.

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  • jazzyp

    May 29, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #37

    Newcastle are close to agreeing a deal with Montpellier for playmaker Ryad Boudebouz, according to Le Buteur.
    The French news outlet claims that Magpies boss Rafa Benitez has sanctioned a move for the 27-year-old.Apparantly Rafa has met with his agent and talks were positive.
    If we were thinking of spending 20 mill on Mcarthy then surely its a no brainer to go for Carvalho

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  • GeordieTwo

    May 29, 2017 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #38

    If we’re going to fork oot 20M let’s at least get a decent player for it. Unbelievable.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 29, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Could give these till next Monday and they still wouldn’t score!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    May 29, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #40

    Jazzy
    Does it say what the fee is/would be?

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