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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

  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #81

    Woodey? Why is it creepy to wonder why the Canadian says very weird stuff?

    Others on here have questioned his weirdness. Not just me?

    Honey badgers, fongs and much more…

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  • Ron Knee

    May 29, 2019 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #82

    Local paper headline many years ago when Doris Stokes was touring Norfolk:

    “Small Medium at Large”

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  • woodey

    May 29, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #83

    Jib that’s another level, only GS is on a personal attack on someone he doesn’t like and we don’t want to know.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 29, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #84

    Geordie Tom…Due diligence.

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  • Diddly

    May 29, 2019 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #85

    Due diligence

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  • geordietom

    May 29, 2019 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #86

    OVERVIEW
    The EPL Rules and the EFL Rules are similar, although there are variations between them. Both sets of Rules have developed reasonably significantly over the last ten years. Those developments have usually been a response to particular cases that have come before the EPL or EFL, or concerns that have arisen following market events and the need to pre-empt issues arising. Whereas ten years ago, the owners’ and directors’ test in English football was seen as simply a “tick box”, it has begun to develop away from that. There are now starting to emerge areas where a more subjective judgment is needed in relation to the application of the Rules. In the US sport leagues, often the leagues retain tight control of club ownership, and apply a rigorous subjective test to anyone who wishes to become an owner or part-owner. The EPL and EFL will not want to block takeovers that are overall seen as beneficial for the clubs involved; but it is expected that the EPL and EFL will continue to move gradually more to a model requiring more subjective decision-making over the coming years.

    It is also noted that there is little transparency in the application of the Rules, as neither the EPL nor EFL publish information about applicants, although there is often press speculation. This is understandable as anyone who fails to satisfy the Rules is unlikely to want publicity. It is noted that there are a growing number of applicants who have been rejected (although the details largely remain private). However, it may be useful in the future if the EPL and EFL were to publish a report from time to time detailing the number of applicants handled each year, the number of applicants that have been rejected, and the grounds for such rejection (on a no names basis).

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  • yogz69

    May 29, 2019 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #87

    Geordietom surely it’s due diligence

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  • Boom Sheikh-Sheikh-Sheikh the Toon

    May 29, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #88

    Beermonkey…… how much for the name?

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #89

    Tom
    Dynamic Dildo

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  • geordietom

    May 29, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #90

    cheers lads told you i was thick …

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  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #91

    Woodey: I am not attacking anybody.

    I am wondering about the honey badgers and fongs and why nobody ever questions the Canadian about what he is on about?

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  • geordietom

    May 29, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #92

    jib …

    trust you mate …

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #93

    Jib

    Always knew you wa a sick puppy.

    On the white lightning again?

    It must be killing you not being the centre of attention, been kicking the shit out the dog have you?

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  • geordietom

    May 29, 2019 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #94

    EPL RULES

    In relation to the assessment of his compliance with [the owners’ and directors’ test in the EPL Rules] (and/or any similar or equivalent rules of the Football League or the Football Association) at any time, he has:

    failed to provide all relevant information [both in relation to himself or any other individual who is acting as a director and who has not been disclosed, including any person on whose behalf he is acting]; or

    provided false, misleading or inaccurate information.

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  • RobLeenio

    May 29, 2019 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #95

    Cor, it’s getting difficult to catch up on the blog now. Love it when it gets bouncing like this.

    Micky’s got you all dancing on beds of nails. Nowt to worry about at all, it’ll come out later anyway probably but now’s not the right time.

    Certainly doesn’t affect what’s going on with Sheik Khaled and the BZG right now.

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 29, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #96

    So are we saying it is the Premier League and not the FA then?

    Thank goodness for that.

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #97

    Rob

    Denis Wise director of football?

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 29, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #98

    GS…I’ve just waded into this, but it seems you’re saying that not only you, but others have commented on G2 and also that no one questions him…which is it?

    Maybe no one questions him much anymore as they know what he’s on about…not a lot….and it’s fairly harmless, albeit not to everyone’s humour?

    Truth is, G2 got everyone silenced once they singed up to his Manly Man Inc monthly newsletter…a bargain at just €7pcm.

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  • geordietom

    May 29, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #99

    so as far i can make out its the EPL who does the fit and proper persons check up …

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #100

    Ashley’s gannin to jail

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  • Jib

    May 29, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #101

    Well done Tom
    Shown up the smartarses there bonny lad

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  • geordietom

    May 29, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #102

    looks like it to me MICKY…

    unless someone else can find owt …

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  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #103

    I would like to “fong” Justin Traudeaux. yes G2 would. More than creepy. The Fong stuff. Whatever that means.

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  • beermonkey

    May 29, 2019 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #104

    Boom Sheikh-Sheikh-Sheikh the Toon

    after 12 years of ashley ownership i have learned a thing or 2

    how much you say
    its a long name and the service costs alone on each letter will far out way any fee i could give you
    so if you give me a reasonable amount i would happily take the name of your hands

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  • woodey

    May 29, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #105

    GS then maybe message him when he is online and not slander him every few mins when he is not here to defend himself. To me that is very low thing to do and I bet the rest of the community are looking at it the same way.

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #106

    All the weirdos trouble makers and wums appear at the hint of good news.

    Straight into the evo stik and onto white lightning

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  • geordietom

    May 29, 2019 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #107

    MICKY i knew what you were getting at it might of been a slip of the pen should we say the lad who wrote got himself mixed up a bit … hope so anyway…

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  • magscar

    May 29, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #108

    Average and swlbr

    Just got back in – what a lot of posts for some reason – Thanks for pointing me back to previous thread which it seems i had left for ED’s new thread after my post there and I missed Mickey’s update – Champagne – Yeah !!

    Stick with a whisky though when i can – malt went whilst i was waiting for good news on Kenyon so Grouse it is then unless get to shops- to be honest glass of water would be great !!

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  • beermonkey

    May 29, 2019 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #109

    jib

    are saying op is adam johnson or he is a peado
    or have i missed something

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  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #110

    Fong? Whatever that means?

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 29, 2019 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #111

    GS… https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/3847b1f2-4f62-4125-8593-88f8510652cc

    So you don’t know what it means, but still find it creepy? Is that not a little odd?

    Whatever floats G2’s boat, as long as it’s consensual, is alright with me.

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  • GS

    May 29, 2019 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #112

    Woodey:

    I did not slander Geordie Two, He is free to reply.

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 29, 2019 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #113

    Simon Jordan was on takksport on Monday night and his view was there would not be a problem with the fit and proper review. He didn’t elaborate or explain why.
    BZG have directly implicated Ashley and the Premier League in their latest statement and there hasn’t been any denials, yet. However to do this without any validity would surely expose the group to some form of litigation.
    No-one would make such a bold statement if false. Dare I believe?

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  • geordietom

    May 29, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #114

    jib last time i got a well done of anybody was when i was doing me community service mate ….

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  • woodey

    May 29, 2019 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #115

    I am starting to think GS means “Git Simple” if you can not see what you are doing in regards to harassing a person that’s not here to defend themselves.

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 29, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #116

    Novo…I’m with you…seems a bold statement to make if based on total lies. Could perhaps be a plan on the buyers part to pressure Ashley…although I hope not as that doesn’t usually unfold too well.

    I say dare to believe. What’s the worst that could happen….

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #117

    Beer

    Don’t worry about it, he’s just back from a booze cruise round Aldi

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #118

    Ibiza

    This must be legit

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  • Ibizatoon

    May 29, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #119

    OP…You’re not worried some computer whizz is on to you? 🙂

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  • Optimistic Oryx

    May 29, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #120

    Ibiza

    It’s fine I’m on my phone

    😉

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