Clarets Chasing Midfielder James McCarthy
According to reports in the Mail, both Burnley and Bournemouth Football Clubs are set to battle for Crystal Palace midfielder James McCarthy in the January transfer window. The midfielder has only started four Premier League match so far this season and his ill-fated spell at Crystal Palace could be coming to an end with the Clarets ready to offer him a fresh start at Turf Moor.
After making just seventeen Premier League appearances in three injury-hit years at Everton, the Republic of Ireland international would have been hoping that a move to London would represent a fresh start. However his time at Crystal Palace hasn’t exactly gone to plan. Just four of his sixteen appearances have come from the start with McCarthy failing to recapture the form that made him one of the top flight’s most admired players.
A move to the Clarets could be on the cards just five months after McCarthy joined Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace for what looked like a bargain £3 Million back in the summer. Bournemouth are also interested in McCarthy with Eddie Howe’s side being outclassed in successive defeats to Brighton Hove Albion and West Ham United, the latter finishing 4-0.
A player with McCarthy’s experience and tenacity would certainly be welcomed on the South Coast, a midfielder with an excellent attitude on and off the pitch, the one-time Wigan Athletic man is the type of character that Sean Dyche loves to work with and a move to Burnley could help James McCarthy get back to his best.
The Clarets are long-time admirers having first tried to sign McCarthy all the way back in 2017. At that time the reports were that he was valued at £20 Million, but it’s fair to say his price-tag is far lower these days. Links with McCarthy will surely cast further doubt on whether Chelsea loanee Danny Drinkwater still has a future at Turf Moor.