Alan Pardew looks to keep midfielder at St James’ Park and is reportedly interested in veteran Dutchman.
Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton is set to end speculation over his future by signing a new four-year contract at the end of the season.
The 28-year-old has attracted interest from Liverpool and Aston Villa but will sit down at the end of the season to finalise a new deal at St James’ Park.
Talks between Newcastle and Barton’s agent Willie McKay broke down in January over the proposed length of the new contract and because the player feared that money raised from the £35 million sale of Andy Carroll would not be re-invested in the squad.
But the former Manchester City man has been convinced that manager Alan Pardew will be allowed to significantly improve his squad in the summer as the club look almost certain to avoid relegation this season.
“Joey wants to stay at Newcastle, he has never considered leaving and he is extremely confident of signing a new contract at the end of the season,” a source close to Barton told Goal.com. “He has a great relationship with the fans, there is no truth in speculation that he wants to quit.”
As well as appearing to confirm that sought after midfielder Joey Barton is going nowhere there is growing speculation that Newcastle United may consider making a move for Hamburg striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy who is seemingly set to leave his Bundesliga club in the summer when his contract runs out.
The People suggest that Alan Pardew is interested in signing the 33 year old Dutch international who still appears to be more than able to perform at the highest level having 10 goals in 25 games this season. The likes of Sunderland, Tottenham and Stoke City are also said to be monitoring the situation.
Clearly a move to the former Man United and Real Madrid man would only be a short term solution to the loss of Andy Carroll, however given that he would cost nothing then such a move may still be a wise one.
Having seemingly managed to persuade Barton to stay Pardew will now look to make sure the likes of Jose Enrique, Jonas Gutierrez and Kevin Nolan are all happy to stay as all three have been strongly linked with moves away from St James’ Park.