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Ronald Koeman explains why £15 million deal for midfielder fell through

Our Everton fans here in the Transfer Tavern are reflecting on a fairly successful transfer window this January just gone.

The Toffees managed to sign some good players as well as get rid of some considerable deadwood in a month that saw the club be one of the busiest in the market.

The Blues signed Morgan Schneiderlin and Ademola Lookman during the past few weeks in two very eye-catching deals whilst the likes of Darron Gibson, Bryan Oviedo and Oumar Niasse all joined other clubs.

One move that didn’t come off in the end, though, was a move away for James McCarthy.

The likes of The Mirror reported during January that Newcastle wanted to bring in the Irish international to St. James’ Park and many of our local Toffees thought that it would go through.

Instead, though, Ronald Koeman kept hold of the former Wigan Athletic man and recently explained why he wouldn’t sanction any move – reportedly at £15 million – as quoted by The Mirror.

The Dutchman said:

“I see him having a long-term future here because I think he is a really good player and those players we need for the future of Everton.

“We need competition in the midfield and that is what I mentioned to the board of the club. There is no possibility for one of the midfielders to go – yes for Darron Gibson, because there was too much competition for him, but not for James.”

Our landlord thinks Everton have done well to keep hold of McCarthy because he is a good player and now the Toffees can push on for Europe for the rest of the season.

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