Just before the January transfer window closed, it was reported that Newcastle United had allegedly had a £16m offer for James McCarthy turned down.

Sunday morning brought further media claims, alleging that if Rafa Benitez gets the right backing from Mike Ashley, he is willing to spend around £20m to land the Everton midfielder.

Interesting though to see this below on Tuesday warning James McCarthy not to sign for NUFC, saying that ‘Newcastle is not the answer no matter how wonderful their fans can be’.

Fair enough, it is only one journalist, but his claims that because of the way Mike Ashley runs the club players should think twice (and thrice and…) before signing for Newcastle, is a perception that Rafa Benitez has to overcome.

There are claims elsewhere that Rafa is meeting Mike Ashley at the training ground late on Tuesday afternoon/night and a positive outcome from that is obviously the first step.

Then, all being well, we can rely on Rafa Benitez to start selling our wonderful club to players, just as Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson did with the likes of Shearer, Ferdinand, Lee, Ginola, Bellamy, Robert, Milner and Woodgate.

Paul Hyland writing on Independent.ie:

If there is one club on planet earth that James McCarthy should approach with an extra- long bargepole, it’s Newcastle United, football’s great pretenders.

Newcastle promise their mug punters hope when circumstances conspire to put a decent manager like Rafa Benitez in charge and he does his job properly.

But the game is loaded and the fans can never win.

Even now when Newcastle’s season ticket holders should be walking on air as winners and relieved that this sojourn in the Championship only lasted for nine months, they are terrified. Everyone is afraid that Benitez will walk away, tempted by a better offer or brow-beaten by Mike Ashley.

Should Benitez somehow wrestle enough cash and solid promises about who has the final say on transfers out of Ashley and then chooses to stay, it would be a brave punter who would bet any serious money on him still being manager by Christmas.

That’s the Toon and McCarthy needs to take a cold-hearted view if Benitez comes after him in the next few weeks or months and makes him an offer which would take him away from Ronald Koeman and Everton.

What McCarthy badly needs is some stability, both psychological and physiological and St James Park is the last place anyone would associate with permanence of any description.

There was been further speculation about new, wealthy investors so it is reasonable to assume that Everton is not a bad place to be.

The idea that McCarthy would swap that for a tight rope existence at Newcastle is illogical, Koeman or no Koeman.

Newcastle is not the answer no matter how wonderful their fans can be. He’ll get hero worship but that’s about as good as it gets.’

James McCarthy signed four years ago for Everton and in these four seasons on Merseyside since moving for £13m from Wigan, McCarthy has only scored six Premier League goals and got seven assists.

The scousers have signed Schneiderlin from Manchester United, Besic is coming back from injury, teenager Tom Davies has emerged as yet another potential star from their production line, so no surprise if Everton would sell James McCarthy if the money was right – especially as Ronald Koeman is also reported to be looking to bring in another midfielder this summer.

He has only started seven Premier League matches this season and hasn’t started any in over three months, making a few sub appearances in late February/early March.

However, as well as indifferent form this season, James McCarthy has had recurring hamstring complaints this campaign and is once again out injured – not featuring in the 18 man squad that lost 1-0 at Swansea on Sunday.

  • HappyToons

    He’d be straight in the team and a star and fans favourite, it ain’t going to happen presently at any club above Everton; so is it Stoke, WBA, Watford, Southampton or us?

  • Doug Dacre

    So this Irish bloke, whoever he is, isn’t a fan then….Suppose a move to Celtic would be a defining moment?…….Idiot.

  • Mal

    Strange to write so much about one particular player. I don’t know if we are after him but rest assured if the offer is good enough, and the best one he has, then he will sign and pay not a blind bit of notice to the above comments.

  • Mrkgw

    On evidence of this dross, the one thing that the ‘writer’ can’t describe himself as is a journalist. McCarthy WOULD be well advised jumping at the chance of a move to St James. Certainly, he should stay well clear of ill thought out advice such as that offered by Hyland.

  • Wor Lass

    Paul Hyland – didn`t his brother wear an itsy bitsy yellow polka-dot bikini?

    • Tony Mann

      you missed the teeny-weeny bit out.

      • Andy Mac

        If it wasnt for Google none of us would have the slightest clue what you two are on about ? 😉

      • Wor Lass

        Anorak – I didn`t seal it with a kiss either! lol

  • Kev-82

    Would be waste of money, he would play similar role to Shelvey and as much as we need a back up for him I don’t think we’d be spending £20m on a back up and don’t think McCarthy would be happy to move and not be playing every week.

    • gallowgate26

      He couldn’t tie Shelvey’s boot laces mate. Not similar at all, he’s just a water carrier who wins the ball and then passes it sideways or backwards. We’ve got enough of them.

      • Kev-82

        Not saying he’s similar to Shelvey but it would be Shelvey’s position he would play is what I mean, play the 2 together and you’ve got no protection for the defence. I’d leave him well alone, got to be better options out there.

  • Jimblag23

    No thanks, regardless of this guys comments.
    Not if he’s that expensive and injury prone.

  • anyobrien

    Don’t rate him myself

  • HarryHype59

    At 20m there are better players out there. He is no more than an Everton squad player…NEXT!

    • Andy Mac

      Agreed if we are looking at £40m transfer funds or maybe more, I’d rather not blow half of it on a midfielder who wins the ball !

      I’m looking for creative, intelligent, flair players we’ve got enough of the others

      • Leazes Ender

        £40m wouldn’t get you out of a relegation struggle thicko

        • Andy Mac

          Dont get shirty just cos I said you were a stupid boy ? 😏

  • gallowgate26

    A work colleague (Everton fan) reckons that he is rubbish. He can’t shoot, can’t pass the ball more than 10 yards. He would be no better than Hayden and very much a ‘get the ball and pass it to someone who can play’ type…. £20million?..They’re having a flippin laugh. Next!

  • Andy Mac

    Everton are overloaded with his type of player having signed Schneiderlin and with Tom Davis rising through the ranks plus Koeman wasnt happy with McCarthy playing for the Republic and getting injured. Bargain basement then fee perhaps ? Otherwise let him go to Celtic they should be able to afford him ?

  • Tony Mann

    The way we bandy £20 million about as if it’s pocket money scares the cack out of me! Journeyman player by all accounts and we would pay this much !!! Granted that the PL is awash with Sky TV money but enough. I was 10 years old when we paid £180,000 for Supermac and I couldn’t believe that amount of money existed. I know we have have to invest but we need players who want the shirt. Guess I’m old school naive.

  • Leazes Ender

    He appears to know Newcastle very well it is a club of gullible fans and conniving owners and complicit media….. its the longest running con trick on earth.

    …Just read Ryder…. (no ….that’s not an endorsement)

    • toon atheist

      Could you explain what you get from being so utterly foul? Are you even a Newcastle supporter? I’ve rarely read anything positive from you so if it is so distressing to you then stop.

      • Jimblag23

        I would suggest the same, based on your comments you get no joy out of following Newcastle.
        There are other hobbies out there.

  • Paul Patterson

    I think I’d be more inclined to sign the player Everton want to replace him.

  • gallowgate26

    I would hope we are going to be more ambitious that this to be honest. Not wishing to burst Paul Hyland’s bubble. Like when Rafa went to Liverpool and signed all of those players. Sorry Paul but for £20m I was thinking more like Xabi Alonso than James McCarthy. :)

  • GeordieZebra

    Paul who? McCarthy doesn’t play at Everton. His recommend is he sits tight!? Clown.

  • Mark Scott

    Rafa just needs to be able to sign the players he needs on a decent budget, players that sometimes may not work out but ones that he has picked because they fit into the play style he wants to achieve and so the TEAM works well still even if the players may not be outstanding. Players who have heart and desire to prove themselves. Then you never know, Rafa may still be able to pull another Alonso or Torres out of the hat…

  • MadMag83

    Good, he’s pants anyway! Not much better than ginger Jack.

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