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Exclusive – Rafa Wants To Sign Long-Term Talented Target This Summer


We’ve noticed that when Rafa rates a player, he keeps going after them until he can sign them.

The first time Rafa wanted to sign Irish International James McCarthy of Everton was way back in January of 2017 when Rafa wanted to buy the recently departed Andros Townsend and James McCarthy.

But Mike Ashley refused to sanction any deal thinking the squad was good enough to be promoted the following May.

He was right, but this is the way Ashley has run the club – spending the least amount of money possible while trying to keep Newcastle as a Premier League club.

It hasn’t worked for 12 years, but he still keeps doing it and proving he should not be the owner of a Premier League club.

Since then the 28-year-old Glaswegian suffered a broken leg on January 20 in an attempt to block a shot on goal by Salomon Rondon.

Newcastle want Everton’s James McCarthy this summer

It resulted in the striker accidentally breaking McCarthy’s leg.

The 41 times capped Republic of Ireland International was ruled out for the rest of the 2017–2018 season and Rondon was in deep distress on the field.

According to an exclusive in TEAMtalk today Rafa wants to sign James this summer.

McCarthy is now back to full fitness after an injury-ridden time at Everton but Rafa is good with players that seem to get injuries, and we may be able to get the very talented McCarthy for a decent fee.

And James will have something to prove at Newcastle, so that’s always good – Rafa will help him do just that.

McCarthy wants to leave Everton, with manager Marco Silva not having James in his plans for the Goodison Park club.

In fact, McCarthy has hardly played over the last two seasons for the Toffees (7 times in all and only once last season) so it’s a bit of a risk.

But McCarthy has always been an accomplished player ever since he came into the Premier League with Wigan back in 2009.

If Ashley is still the owner, it may be difficult for Rafa to persuade him to pay maybe £15M (it could be less than that) for a player who turns 30 in September.

If we have new owners, then it’s likely they will trust Rafa’s judgment on transfer targets this summer.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


355 comments so far

  • hibbit

    May 29, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #1

    hibbit

    May 29, 2019 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #63
    DubaiMicky @50

    just when you have everyone’s total respect you hit us with that ???????????????????

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  • Calbee HK

    May 29, 2019 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Rafa and team should be busy in consolidating a new list of transfer targets, talking with agents to verify their players’ availability and ask price, etc.

    A nightmare to redo everything they’ve prepared in the last half year, with the budget changing from 10 to 20 millions to 100 to 200 millions!!

    0
  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3

    GS

    Honey badgers and thongs are way more funny and interesting than yourself.

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  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Just remembered Charlie in the Gallowgate telling us all he’d seen all the drink from the bars being loaded onto Sodexo wagons a couple of weeks ago.

    Suddenly seems very relevant indeed.

    Good spot Sirrah

    5
  • JDdubai

    May 29, 2019 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #5

    McCarthy is quite similar to Hayden so if we lose one would be fine getting him in. Not on silly money/wages tho, which he is probably after as Everton paid over the top for him.

    3
  • mac the jaffrey

    May 29, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Mickey any chance of having that email address for contact as this new news is sounding too interesting to not know!

    Absolute discretion naturally

    5
  • ronaldo aarons

    May 29, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ve hacked the email sent by Dubai Micky.

    Says mbappe is a done deal.

    If it doesn’t happen, blame Micky!

    Also some thing about how amazing ronaldo is.

    Bit weird that part like but true nonetheless.

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  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    May 29, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    Oldgit from previous, I would love to take credit for the idea but sadly wasn’t mine as mentioned, but thanks.
    Totally agree, Shearer statue back and the bar back to Shearer’s or just a twist it could be fitting to call it Milburns.
    Add on Statue, if it when sold a statue of MA in stockades to fans can through crap at it.
    Hopefully set under a tree with tons of birds.

    6
  • hibbit

    May 29, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #9

    RobLeenio

    sirrah
    /?s?r?/
    Learn to pronounce
    nounARCHAIC
    used as a term of address for a man or boy, especially one younger or of lower status than the speaker.
    “you are foolish as well as insolent, sirrah”

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  • Munster Mag

    May 29, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #10

    This is a great day for all if ya. This guy has more class decency and communication skills in his toe than Ashley and charnley have combined. I’m singing ‘get out of our club’ on my own. Definitely getting older. I love you Khaled!

    3
  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #11

    After getting two statements in two days I’m craving more like a addict, nothing for so long I’d best be careful not to overdose.

    3
  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #12

    Optimistic whatever you are now?

    Have you ever had a conversation with a honey badger that you can relate to me?

    And when Canada – Fong talks about anything does he make any sense? Harrumph, Fong, Honey Badger.

    He makes no sense FFS.

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  • Munster Mag

    May 29, 2019 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #13

    James McCarthy. Doubt it!! Mucky, top work fella. You kept all of us calm. Top man.

    1
  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #14

    Mickey

    I’ll still tell everyone on the blog

    2
  • Munster Mag

    May 29, 2019 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Micky not Mucky! 🙂

    1
  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #16

    My dog makes more sense than you.

    7
  • Munster Mag

    May 29, 2019 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #17

    GS, leave it. Its a happy day, no time to be fighting.

    6
  • magscar

    May 29, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Mickey

    Not wanting to seem needy but is the photo of guy Ed put up a few threads back anbd other sources the same guy ( but younger) as the one in your link and now your avatar?

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  • toon22

    May 29, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #19

    GS
    Hiya JIB

    Still no answer

    6
  • Munster Mag

    May 29, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #20

    Jeez Panda tks

    1
  • Wayayman

    May 29, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #21

    If anyone deserves a good fonging, it’s GS. I’ll get the Belgian midgets to fetch the honeybadgers.

    23
  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #22

    I’m just a window to your soul

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  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #23

    An idiot and a Canadian walk into a bar. Barman says – what the fck are you on about? Honey badgers? and take that Canadian out with you.

    2
  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Fong him I say

    10
  • woodey

    May 29, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #25

    GS see you are at it again you sad little sanctimonious tw@t, not one person on here cares what you think of another posters credibility as you have shown yourself as lacking any. you must have missed the reply last night when you asked if anyone could post a single sensible thing that G2 has every posted? let me re post it for you.

    he seems reasonable to me? sound reasonable to everyone else?

    GeordieTwo

    May 28, 2019 at 7:35 PM
    Comment #140
    “Good for me GS? You are a strange one indeed. Focus on something or someone else for a change. It will help you with your mental health issues.”

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  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #26

    Nobody is giving the Canadian idiot much of a defense. Just having a go at me.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #27

    oops, meant no disrespect – thought it was the same as Sir. I’ve been watching Upstart Crow too much….

    Nice one Charlie, anyhoo.

    0
  • Mag :P

    May 29, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #28

    Micky what’s your email mate?

    0
  • Toonces

    May 29, 2019 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #29

    Want this to be true like everyone.

    Finally a chance for a new direction aimed to set the club up to be run once again as a competitive football club.

    Just run the club the right way – sensible investment in infrastructure, sensible transfer policy, long term strategy, target top football people to run the club.

    Have this waking nightmare though that the big reveal on Friday will be some Mackem wum pulling off a Bin Zayed mask exclaiming “Got you! That’s for you lot laughing at us for losing promotion with 6 seconds to go.”

    Please be true! HWTL!

    3
  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #30

    Woodey mate, how am I sanctimonious?

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  • NezzaNUFC

    May 29, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #31

    Nasri to the toon?

    Free agent

    1
  • Wayayman

    May 29, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #32

    GS, just stop it man. The best news we’ve had in 12+ years and you’re intent on being a ‘look at ME’ merchant.

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  • magscar

    May 29, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Now getting butterflies after Mickey’s cryptic message to Rob and Bambam’s without any indication of whether he had good or bad news – if good wouldn’t he share with us all?

    It’s not the residual contracts on shirts sales and SD blanket advertising getting in the way of deal being finalsied is it? NOoooooo

    3
  • toon22

    May 29, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #34

    JIBs usually better with his alt accounts

    Poor show

    Still no answer from the pro MA brigade

    5
  • woodey

    May 29, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #35

    GS look it up…

    4
  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #36

    I think G2 makes no sense and I have said so. This is a blog and we all have our opinions and I think G2 is a bit of a t!t and said so.

    3
  • toon22

    May 29, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #37

    If they were so sure this time you think it would be an easy ine

    2
  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #38

    GS

    He doesn’t need defending, he’s breaking no laws doing no harm you’ve just chose to dislike him and harass him.

    It’s done you no favours and you have no defence for singling out one person to attack for no reason.

    You’re a sad little man with a axe to grind, most would appreciate it if you did it elsewhere.

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  • Bobbybee

    May 29, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #39

    This could be Ashley’s farewell gift to us. Fails to sign Rafa up so he walks away, or doesn’t have enough time to buy anybody he wants.
    Would you seriously put that past Ashley? No. Leaving us without a manager and no new signings would be a fitting tribute from the knacka – a final ‘up your’s you Geordie b***ards’.
    Until the deal is complete, he’s still the owner and he needs to sign the deal that gives Rafa the power to sign anybody. Rafa’s still manager, but he needs Ashley to sign off on players. His final gift to us could well turn out to be the worst.
    Despite that, I’m sparking up a fat one to celebrate at least the confirmation from BZG that a deal is on the table. If agreement has been reached, Ashley can’t up the price now. Although it’s not confirmed, it would be hard to see how it could go wrong from here on in.
    So cheers everybody, here’s to the future. It suddenly just got a lot brighter – despite what the news in Talksport just said. According to Lee Ryder, they’ve been told that no deal has, been reached and no confirmation of funds have been received by Ashley.
    Somebody is lying. Not even worth discussing who it is – who it always is.

    7
  • Diddly

    May 29, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Hope mickys comment isn’t another twist to the negative. So frustrating. I trust him with whatever he has. Maybe even more good news touch wood

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