Newcastle United are reportedly thought to be a ‘huge lure’ for transfer target James McCarthy.
The Lowdown: McCarthy wanted
TEAMtalk reported back in May that the St. James’ Park faithful had the opportunity to sign McCarthy on a free transfer once his deal at Crystal Palace had expired.
Should Newcastle sign McCarthy?
The North East club were reportedly looking closely at his situation, and the Republic of Ireland international is now a free agent.
The Latest: Newcastle ‘huge lure’
As per 90min, the opportunity to work with Graeme Jones on Tyneside is a ‘huge lure’ for McCarthy, of whom Jones is a ‘big fan’ of.
Celtic had previously held talks with the central midfield player, while both West Ham United and Burnley are also credited with an interest.
The Verdict: Sign
Steve Bruce needs to add more depth to his squad, and there may not be a better opportunity than to sign McCarthy up for no transfer fee.
Of course, wages would have to be discussed, given that he earned £50,000-per-week while at the Eagles, but the spending is virtually minimal for a player so experienced in the Premier League.
McCarthy has played in no fewer than 272 games in total across all competitions over the last 12 consecutive campaigns in the top flight, for both Wigan Athletic and Everton as well as at Selhurst Park (Transfermarkt).
Nonetheless, the 30-year-old could be a player that would work well under Jones and Bruce, bringing experience to the heart of midfield.
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