Sky Sports have tonight revealed that both Newcastle United and Everton have made bids for Wigan Athletic midfielder James McCarthy, but the Toffees have to be strong favourites to land the Scot.
This is a rumour that’s been around for most of the summer, with Wigan’s £20 million valuation for the midfielder seemingly cooling interest until the news of a pair of bids broke this evening.
It is encouraging seeing Newcastle actually bidding for players, even though we don’t how much the Magpies have bid, but I can’t really see Newcastle landing him.
Goodison Park is definitely the 22-year-old’s most likely destination, given that he would be keen to link up again with former Wigan manager Roberto Martinez.
This is reflected in the odds, with Everton at evens to sign the Scottish international, with Newcastle slightly longer at 2/1, although they have come in from 8/1.
Both clubs are lining up McCarthy as a replacement for potential outgoing central midfielders, Yohan Cabaye in Newcastle’s case and Marouane Fellaini in Everton’s.
However, Fellaini looks much more likely to stay than Cabaye, so maybe Newcastle could land James McCarthy after all.
*Mark Douglas from the Journal has said that no bid has been made yet, but there could be movement in the next few days, especially if Cabaye leaves…