Newcastle manager Steve Bruce is reportedly set to target Everton and Ireland midfielder James McCarthy as he looks to put his stamp on the squad at St James’ Park.
Bruce was appointed the new Magpies boss this week following the departure of Rafa Benitez and will be looking to improve the squad after the departure of a number of key players so far this summer.
The Magpies have already lost the likes of Ayoze Perez who signed for Leicester City as well as Soloman Rondon who exited following his loan spell, but according to a report from 90min.com, Newcastle are targetting a number of new faces.
The report outlines that Irish international James McCarthy is a player Bruce is looking to bring to the club having previously tried to sign the Everton man during his time at Aston Villa.
An opportunity may arise for McCarthy to leave Goodison Park after his inability to break back into the first team following his extended spell on the sidelines through injury as well as the recent purchase of midfielder Fabian Delph from Manchester City.
McCarthy will be looking to return to first-team football as he fights to regain his place in the Irish squad and win his first cap under the new regime.
The 28-year old hasn’t appeared for the Boys in Green since October of 2016 thanks to injury and a lack of fitness but could become a key player for Mick McCarthy’s side if he can find his form again – something that may occur at St James’ Park.
McCarthy could be targetted either on loan or permanently and Newcastle are also reportedly looking to bring McCarthy’s Everton teammate Yannick Bolasie to St James’ Park.
Both players are said to be available having been told by Everton manager Marco Silva that they are not part of his first-team plans going forward.