Newcastle have joined Premier League rivals Everton in the chase for Wigan midfielder James McCarthy…
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has earmarked Wigan’s Irish midfielder James McCarthy to replace Yohan Cabaye, who is expected to join Arsenal before the transfer window slams shut on Monday evening, reports the Mirror.
French midfielder Cabaye has told Pardew that he no longer wants to play for the Tyneside club – and Newcastle are ready to accept a bid close to £20m.
Despite Wigan’s relegation last term, McCarthy impressed in the Premier League, and was instrumental in their FA Cup victory. He’s also started the Championship season very brightly – but due to his age and his potential, is rated at £15m by the Latics.
Owen Coyle, Wigan’s manager, has warned interested Premier League clubs that they won’t be bullied into selling the 22-year-old.
“They had better be respectful to Wigan Athletic. We don’t have to sell anybody and that would be reflected if anybody did come looking,” he confirmed.
Everton and Newcastle rate him closer to £10m, but with September drawing close, it remains to be seen whether one of them will take a risk and pay over the odds for the technically gifted player.
As soon as Newcastle receive an acceptable bid for Cabaye, expect them to aggressively pursue McCarthy – who would also provide some much needed energy and steal at St. James’ Park.