Old Trafford boss ready to make offer to St James’ Park star.
Manchester United are reportedly preparing to make an offer for Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton, who has been placed on the club’s transfer list and is available on a free transfer. The 28 year old midfielder has angered the Magpies top brass with his repeated attacks, conducted via his Twitter account and now the England hopeful will be looking to seal a deal to sign for a new club before the new season get’s underway.
Sir Alex Ferguson is said to be keen on the former Man City man and similar to his deal to bring in Michael Owen two years ago, believes that bringing Barton in on a free deal is too good an opportunity to pass up.
The Man United boss has been linked with moves to add to his midfield options and Barton’s good performances last term, and perhaps more importantly his much improved temperament, make a move to snap up the Huyton born Newcastle United man a wise one.
Barton is an adaptable midfielder who can play in the centre of midfield or out wide right, where he excelled last term, and a number of clubs are said to be interested in obtaining his services but a move to Old Trafford may be too tempting to turn down.
Man United have forked out around £50m to bring in David de Gea, Ashley Young and Phil Jones and though the club have been further linked with other big money signings, such as Luka Modric, Wesley Sneijder and Samir Nasri, the Premier League champions may feel that a move to sign Barton a more cost effective way to beef up midfield options.
There appears to be a general feeling that a number of the club’s young academy graduates are well on the way to becoming future first team regulars but a stop gap signing capture like Joey Barton may help provide alternatives whilst the likes of Tom Cleverley play a supporting role in the coming season.
In relation to Joey Barton’s reputation, well there are few manager seemingly more capable of curtailing any such problems than Sir Alex Ferguson, who may feel that the player has turned a corner in his career and could help Man United retain their stranglehold on the Premier League crown.