Newcastle wanted to sign Everton midfielder James McCarthy in January and also winger Andros Townsend from Crystal Palace, but we were not successful – and one thing that has puzzled us is why we haven’t aggressively gone after either of these two players this summer.
What happens when you don’t aggressively pursue your targets is that other clubs come in for them and would you believe that Leicester City are now interested in signing the 26 year-old Everton central midfielder who we think would be a great buy for us.
And Leicester have more funds to meet the asking price for James – £20M or £25M – whichever reports you believe.
26 year-old Everton midfielder James McCarthy
We have wanted James since last summer and if we had managed to stay up Rafa would probably have gone after him at that time.
We definitely need another playmaker in the team and we found out last season that Jonjo Shelley is not enough – when he’s injured or suspended and out of the team we looked poor.
A cheaper alternative to James is Manchester City central midfielder Fabian Delph, who is available for £12M with Stoke City looking like the main competition to Newcastle.
27 year-old Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph
Is it too much to ask that they decide which player they want between the two of them and then go all out to sign him.
We can get Fabian by bidding the £12M City want for him rather than going in with £8M and then waiting a week or two and then raising it to £8.5M – you know – that kind of thrifty nonsense that gets you nowhere fast.
That’s the type of stuff that dragged the Florian Lejeune transfer out to more than six weeks.
What do you think?