It appears that Newcastle United have hit a sticking point in their quest to sign a Premier League quality midfielder this transfer window with the Liverpool Echo reporting that Ronald Koeman is not keen to let his players leave on loan deals this January.

The arrival of Idrissa Gueye at Goodison Park sparked media speculation regarding the future of Blues’ midfielder James McCarthy and Newcastle had hoped to offer the midfielder a life-line. However, Ronald Koeman is unwilling to listen to any loan offers for his players, only permanent transfers. Leaving Newcastle in a somewhat awkward position.

It is clear to see that the Magpies’ midfield depth lacks quality, with many fans berating the recent performances of Jack Colback alongside Isaac Hayden – following Jonjo Shelvey’s five-match suspension. A dip in form has ensued since Shelvey’s ban started and a dip into the transfer kitty is required.


Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Sport - McCarthy tackles Firmino in the Merseyside derby earlier this season

With Everton only talks with clubs interested in signing McCarthy permanently, the odds on the Irishman linking up with Rafa Benitez in January are slim. According to the Echo, Everton are holding out for ‘sizable bids’ – perhaps to held fund the Blues’ move for Morgan Schneiderlin of Manchester United.

If Rafa were to cave into the demands of Everton and attempt to sign McCarthy permanently, the Magpies would have to break their transfer record of £16million – once paid to Real Madrid for former Balon d’Or winner Michael Owen. It seems incredibly unlikely.

Tom Cairney of Fulham has also been linked with a move to Newcastle this week, but the club were quoted £20million by the Cottagers and have since cooled their interest. With Cheick Tiote set to depart, after holding talks with a delegation from Sporting Gijon, Benitez needs at least one more midfielder this window.