Transfer Focus: McCarthy boost for Newcastle and West Ham

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has made it clear there is a future for Irish midfielder James McCarthy at Goodison Park, however, reports from The Daily Mail claim that the Merseysiders are ready to sell for around £20m this summer.

What’s the word?

The Toffees midfielder is facing an uncertain future. With West Ham, Newcaslte and Crystal Palace he has no shortage of options should a move come about, however, manager Ronald Koeman is still towing the line that he would like to keep him at the club.

On the topic of the Republic of Ireland man, Koeman said:

“Of course I want to keep McCarthy because all the times he was really fit and on his level most of the time he was a starting player. But it was really difficult because he had a lot of injuries and that makes it difficult for him and the manager also.

“He will stay (at home for these Ireland games). He spoke to the manager and they took the decision he will not go to the national team.”

Where will he go?

Koeman has laid out the line that, if fit, he’ll be a regular, however, the same can be said for the other clubs chasing a deal, maybe apart from West Ham where Cheikhou Kouyate and Pedro Obiang will be looking to solidify their midfield partnership next season.

With that in mind, unless he stays put, it seems the choice is between Crystal Palace and Newcastle and, whilst both clubs have had their problems on the field, it remains a tough decision.

The chance to play under Rafa Benitez at St. James’ Park should be enough to lure most players to the black and white of the Toon Army, however, a London move is becoming an evermore intruging move for players, with the capital city holding a lot of power in the Premier League in recent years.

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