Newcastle should look to hijack West Ham’s move for out-of-favour Everton midfielder James McCarthy to bolster their options in midfield, and could get the Irishman on loan as they look to avoid a quick return back to the Championship.
Well, according to the Daily Mail, the Hammers are plotting a move for the former Wigan man as they look to get a few more bodies through the door in January to strengthen their midfield options, and have also expressed an interest in Besiktas man Gary Medel.
McCarthy lost his place in the Everton lineup as a result of a double fracture to his right leg, and has never really been given a chance to build properly on his 132 appearances for the club since signing for £13m back in 2013.
The 28-year-old is still an excellent midfielder and was always a fans’ favourite at Goodison Park thanks to his tireless performances, willingness to get stuck in and enjoyment at giving 100% every time he steps onto the field – with just 18 months left on his contract, there is an excellent player available on the cheap for someone.
Rafa Benitez’s current options in the middle of the park simply aren’t good enough. Isaac Hayden, who had performed admirably in their promotion season two campaigns ago, isn’t up to the standard required in the Premier League.
The Magpies are also without former Swansea man Ki Sung-yeung for up to a month as the Asian Games commence, leaving Benitez short of quality midfield options. As we all know, the St James Park faithful love a player who gives his all for the club, and McCarthy fits that bill perfectly with his full-blooded performances.
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Mike Ashley would also be a big fan of this deal as it would appease the angry fans getting on his back, whilst he wouldn’t see his bank balance hit too hard given the Irishman’s contract situation along with his role as a fringe player at Everton – an initial loan to see if the midfielder still has it, with a view to a permanent move, would be the most sensible way to play any potential negotiations.