St James’ Park side rejects Upton Park move for midfielder.
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Skysports.com understands Newcastle have rejected an offer from West Ham for Joey Barton.
The Hammers have targeted a move for Bartonas they see the all-action performer forming a midfield partnership with Scott Parker which they hope will fire them to safety in the Premier League.
The Upton Park outfit are hoping to capitalise on the uncertainty surrounding the Magpies following the departure of Chris Hughton to try and lure Barton away from St James’ Park with a lucrative offer.
Barton has been in sparkling form this season, leading to calls for a possible return to the England fold following a string of impressive performances. (Sky Sports)
One can imagine why West Ham would have been keen to add more creativity to their midfield but it seems that Newcastle United have no intention of selling the England international or it seems, any of their players following the controversial sacking of Chris Hughton.
Avram Grant faces something of an uphill task trying to push his east London side away from the drop zone and he would hope to bring in some additions to his average squad in January as it seems the players he has at his disposal are not quite up for the task.
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