Newcastle Now Odds-On Favorites To Sign This Midfield Transfer Target

Newcastle has been strongly linked with central midfielder James McCarthy since early January, and Rafa wanted to sign James either permanently or on loan earlier this year, but Mike Ashley didn’t want to spend the money.

Since then the Newcastle owner has said he will give every penny he has towards Rafa’s transfer funds this summer, but it still looks like there will not be much available – not compared to other Premier League sides.

Leicester attempted to sign McCarthy last month but was told by Toffees manager Ronald Koeman that he would cost £25M and that was £5M more than Newcastle were told he would cost in January.

It doesn’t always mean much, but Newcastle is now the favorite on SkyBet to sign James McCarthy from Everton.

26-year-old central midfielder James McCarthy

Here is the current betting on SkyBet with Newcastle now solid favorites to sign the 26-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder.

Newcastle 11/8
Leicester 14/1
Swansea 18/1
West Brom 18/1

We need another box-to-box midfielder in addition to the in-form Jonjo Shelvey, and James would give Newcastle plenty of Premier League experience and class in central midfield.

James has made 224 Premier league appearances for Wigan and Everton combined and has already proved he is a good player in the Premier League.

Last season was a poor season for the Glasgow-born player due mainly to several injuries and the fact that he couldn’t get a starting place in Koeman’s new Everton side when he was fit.

James would be an excellent signing for Newcastle United, and we hope we can get him through the door – and soon too.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

21 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #1

    No thanks!

  • Budge123

    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Surely not.
    Not good enough.
    Too expensive.

    No positive to this signing!

    Hopefully nonsense like most reports

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Ffs not this clown again! We already have a shote ginger in Colback and we don’t need another!! So sick of being linked to this overrated twat!

    We really need to get rid of the deadwood ASAP, Good, Haidara, Lazaar, Hanley, Krul, Riviere, Saivet etc. We have way too many idiots that are shite and just want to get their obscene amounts of miney to do F all at the club. Just train a couple of days a week to keep fit and bugger off with their friends and family in the weekend. So infuriating that because of this we can’t get proper quality through the door. At the end of the day it’s all Ashley, Carr, and Charnley’s fault for going along with the ridiculous plan of buy cheap, sign them for 5 years and then sell them expensive. It has backfired dramatically and now we’re stuck with them. The problem is the ‘players’ won’t go away any time soon so what are we supposed to do next season if we manage to survive? I can obly imagine we’ll be spending half of next seasons budget in paying off their contracts so we can finally replace them with proper quality. What a mess!!

  • wynsleap

    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #4

    Really hope not. If we’ve got that kind of money spend it on Perez and Correa.
    Why are you forever advocating this purchase Ed?

  • MikeAshleysWallet

    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #5

    Don’t rate this lad at all, 25m is stupid money for a player who is average at best.
    For this money we can get far better.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    No NO No NO NO NO NO NO to the power of 10

    He’d be a backward step for us, Colback is better than him and he won’t get so many games this season.

    Also as a simpleton poster, the money/finances talk generally speaking goes straight over my head.

    In simpleton terms we have some money we spend some money. Players in, players out, they go onto pitch and play to the best of their ability and hopefully are polished up by our resident gem polisher to the point where they are winning stuff.


  • WLtoon

    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    The bookies can put whatever price they like on us getting this over rated ginger nut, but for once im confident that we wont spend that sort of money on a player. Dont the bookies realise we are supposedly skint ffs. IF we do spend 20m on this one then serious question have to asked on why we wont spend far less cash on Perez or Correa.

  • Mag52

    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #8



    Oh yes, of course, that’s my problem.
    I’m a spoilt brat who wants it all now. For someone who has supported NUFC since 1952, it certainly looks that way doesn’t it.
    I’d be happy for a bit of silverware before I kick the bucket actually, and I certainly wouldn’t object to that coming by way of some wealthy benefactor investing in the club.


    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #9

    as someone who understands betting would like to point out he is not odds on favorite but short priced favorite. whoever he should be 50/1 as nufc are extremely unlikley to sign him.

  • LGFUAD21

    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #10


    From last thread.

    Rafa will definitely be working to wage budgets which is why I suspect the lack of activity is due to having to move players on first.

    All smart clubs will work to a gearing ration on their wages to revenue. Financial experts recommend football clubs do not go about 60% (may even be as low as 50%) of revenue.

    My understanding of how self-sustaining football clubs operate is that gate receipts and merch cover wages, TV money funds player transfers in general.

  • Budge123

    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Just looking at 442 season preview and it predicts us as finishing 11th.

    They seem more confident than many of us.

  • OneAlanShearer

    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Unless his price is a lot less than we’ve been quoted.. say 10 million and we actually have a fair bit of cash for other players I’d be extremely surprised if this happens

  • Bryan

    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #13

    If we can’t afford £13.4m for a striker we desperately need, how on earth are we going to be able to pay £25m for an average midfield player? Total rubbish.
    I can’t believe Rafa is still here. We have roughly spent £7m net and it looks like we have to sell before we buy. My god this reminds me of the 1980’s when we really did not have two pennies to rub together.
    Here’s one for everyone to ponder, how is it that Ashley delved into his own pocket to provide funds for our last two relegations so we had a good chance to come straight back up which turned out to be successful on both occasions, but can’t do the same now so that we can get the 2 forwards we desperately need to stay up? Perez & Vazquez would transform our team for around £35m and Ashley would get his money back at the end of the season because we would still be a Premier League team. Don’t provide the funds and Iam afraid with the team we have at the moment there is a massive chance we will be relegated again. And the circle continues. Amazing.

  • Mag52

    Aug 3, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #14



    Hear hear.

  • toon kk

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #15

    This transfer window?? Talk about the secret service!!
    We don’t know how much, who or if!

  • Mister Tuff

    Aug 3, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Difference now is that Benitez is probably better at picking players/spotting potential than the last few incumbents. Thus if Mr Tubbs was to advance some additional monies for specific players – he would get it back with gaurenteed PL survival/ higher league position = more money.
    It would also show progression – which may make it easier/more helpful for Rafa when he’s after players in the future.

  • magicmac54

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #17

    To my fellow Newcastle fans, my name is Eamon, iam 63 years of age, and i live in Ireland, ive supported Newcastle from i was 7 years of age, i support Newcastle and Ireland, i hope to god these are just rumours about signing James Mc Carthy, any Newcastle fan who would like the toon to sign Mc Carthy, either knows totally nothing about football, or has never seen him play, as Mc Carthy is a very poor footballer, if you could call him a footballer, he has no pace, cant beat a player, is not creative in anyway, is injury prone, he is out of the same mould as Jack Colback, in fact i can honestly tell you now Colback is a better player and that tells you something, this guy Mc Carthy is a waste of space on a football pitch, even in todays inflated transfer market Mc Carthy is not worth anymore than 4 to 5 million. Dont get me wrong as an Irishman i would love a lot of Irishmen playing for the toon but only Irishmen who will make Newcastle better, this guy Mc Carthy will never improve Newcastle, if you know any other Irish people who support Newcastle ask their opinion about Mc Carthy? Please Rafa dont sign this clown. HWTL.

  • hellodjo

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #18

    He’s another Colback

  • Phil K

    Aug 3, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Suppose OK in a defensive midfield role like David Batty used to be
    But overpriced and overpaid and a sick note waver. No thanks

  • pablos left foot

    Aug 3, 2017 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Helodjo…Colback doesn’t deserve that kind of insult!!

  • Pootle2118

    Aug 3, 2017 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #21

    Please god no, no, no NO. As mentioned countless times before by plenty on here, he’s not worth £25M and imo, would not improve our team. Again, as mentioned on here before, if we have £25M to spend on a player, it should be a striker.


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