St James’ Park midfielder linked with Anfield move.
TRANSFER-LISTED Joey Barton will look to make an immediate exit from St James’ Park.
The midfielder was shown the door by Newcastle United officials yesterday after a culmination of run-ins with the current regime.
The Chronicle understands that there is interest – although no firm bids – from Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Liverpool.
The latter will be without captain Steven Gerrard until September with the player suffering from an infection and set to miss the start of the campaign.
Barton’s agent Willie McKay told the Chronicle: “There are several meetings with clubs and managers lined up over the next few days.
“We were told on Sunday night Joey was no longer wanted at Newcastle.
“He wanted to stay but he wasn’t allowed to.
“He is totally bamboozled by it all.”
Barton has effectively been available for transfer since the end of last season with his contract up in June 2012.
SOURCE: Evening Chronicle
Could this be true? Given that Liverpool have a fair few options when it comes to stand-ins for Steven Gerrard a move to sign Joey Barton for that reason seems far fetched, however in the long run perhaps Kenny Dalglish feels a move to sign the 28 year old for free is too good a chance to turn down.
The local born England hopeful may be keen on a move to Anfield and apparently the former Man City man is being pursued by a number of club’s following his release from Newcastle United following his recent Twitter outbursts against the Magpies board and in particular owner Mike Ashley.
Dalglish has spent a great deal this summer and one area that he would appear to not need back up is his midfield. At present the Liverpool boss has the following options to fill the central and right sided areas that Barton plies his trade in: Charlie Adam, Raul Meireles, Dirk Kuyt, Alberto Aquilani, Jordan Henderson, Lucas, Jay Spearing, Christian Poulsen and Joe Cole. That’s a lot of players!
Barton has a good season last term and has gone some way to shaking his ‘bad boy’ tag and the talented midfielder will want to sign a deal to join another side fairly sharpish, so as to avoid missing out on selection on the final pre-season warm up games for whomever he joins.
Newcastle United are experiencing something of a nightmare few months. St James’ Park boss Alan Pardew has not been handed much in the way of transfer funds, despite getting £35m for Andy Carroll in January. Captain Kevin Nolan left for Championship side West Ham and Jose Enrique appears likely to leave also and there is once again growing discontent from the club’s supporters at the way Ashley is running the North-East club.