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.
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.
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