Newcastle United have had a £16million offer for Everton’s James McCarthy rejected.
The Championship high fliers are keen to build a squad fit for the Premier League and had identified McCarthy as a quality signing who could lift them to promotion.
However, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has told them the Republic of Ireland international is not for sale.
Everton rejected £16m from Newcastle for Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy
McCarthy faces increased competition since the £24million arrival of Morgan Schneiderlin
Everton captain Phil Jagielka (right) will stay at the club despite Premier League interest
McCarthy joined Everton for £13m from Wigan in 2013 but has grown unsettled this season and faces a battle to start regularly following the arrival of Morgan Schneiderlin and pending return to fitness of…