Rafa Benitez wanted to bring in 26 year-old Everton midfielder James McCarthy in January but the money was not available from Mike Ashley at that time and Rafa was not at all happy about that.
But it’s now looking like James could be yet another player priced out of a deal to move to Newcastle with news today that Everton have put a £25M transfer fee on the 41 times capped Republic Of Ireland international.
The Mail are reporting that Leicester City have made an enquiry about James McCarthy, who seems to have no future at Everton under Dutch manager Ronald Koeman – and were told the price tag would be £25M.
26 year-old James McCarthy – can we do loan deal?
It seems that James just not get along with manager Koeman at all and we wonder if Rafa could arrange a loan deal for James with an option to by next year.
That would help the cash crunch Newcastle seem to be under this summer and would allow us to get a really good player in for a season at fairly low cost.
After just coming up from the Championship we are at a disadvantage this summer but all will be well in one year’s time as we hope to finish at least in mid-table and get at least around 125M form the Premier League next May.
It would be a loan with an option or even obligation to buy and the Glaswegian is a very experienced player who we think would do very well on Tyneside.
We don’t much like getting players in from other clubs where we have them for just one year and send them back with no chance to buy – although we understand for next season we may have to do one or two of those deals in the short-term.
With Morgan Schneiderlin being signed from Manchester United in January for £20M (rising to £24M with add-ons) put the writing on the wall for the Irishman and he will be keen to find a new club this summer.
Crystal Palace and West Brom have been turned off by the £25M price tag – but maybe Newcastle can get a loan deal done even though we suspect Everton would like a permanent deal done this summer.
What do you think?