It’s almost certain that Gylfi Sigurdsson of Swansea will move for a massive £45M to big spending Everton this week.
And there will be further pressure according to the Mail put on Everton to sell some of their existing midfielders such as 26-year-old Republic of Ireland International James McCarthy.
The Mail report is that once Sigurdsson is signed by Everton this week, manager Ronald Koeman will allow McCarthy to join Newcastle.
Newcastle has wanted to sign James McCarthy since back in January, but how we will be able to afford the £25M fee put on James’ head by Koeman, we have no idea.
Rafa Benitez is a huge admirer of James McCarthy, and Rafa sees him as a player who could be very important to Newcastle in future seasons with his massive experience in the Premier League.
26-year-old James McCarthy – Newcastle target
James is under contract until 2020, and it would be a coup if we can sign him, but we assume it would need to be a loan deal with an option to buy him next year when there will be much more money in the Newcastle coffers.
James has massive experience in England’s top flight, having played over 220 Premier League games for Wigan and Everton combined over the last nine seasons.
There were even reports late in January that Newcastle had bid £16M for the former Wigan central midfielder, but it was turned down.
Last season was a frustrating season for the Glasgow-born player due mainly to him picking up 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, and we hope we can get him through the door – maybe even this week on loan?
It’s doubtful – but possible.
What do you think?