Bolton consider £2m bid for Newcastle United nutcase!

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The Rumour

Bolton boss Gary Megson has refused to rule out a fresh bid for Newcastle bad boy Joey Barton this summer.
The midfielder, 26, is currently suspended by the Toon after his dressing room bust-up with caretaker manager Alan Shearer.
Megson had a £2million bid for Barton turned down by the Geordies back in January and refused to up the bid. However, it could be that the Geordies will now accept a cut-price offer for Barton in an effort to wash their hands of him once and for all.
Megson said: “We had an interest in Joey in January.

“There are obviously issues but he does play his football for somebody else so we need to respect that.

“We can’t talk about other people’s players.”

The Source (The Sun)

The Analysis

Oh sweet Jesus. I think many could have guessed the two clubs would be first to come calling when it became clear that sometime footballer Joey Barton would probably never play for Newcastle again. Those clubs are of course Blackburn (mainly because they are managed by Sam Allardyce) and Bolton. Quite why anyone would want to take the risk of giving this thug a chance to commit a string of offences off the pitch and a series of rash challenges and one decent performance a season on it, is beyond me. If there is one player who has had more ‘one last chances’ than i have had cups of tea, then it’s Mr. Barton. There was a time, years ago, when i would have tried to defend the midfielder. A time when he occasionally showed what he can do on the pitch and that his off field antics should be ignored and that we should all concentrate on the undoubted talent the guy has, well that time has long gone.

Some might feel that a bargain is to be had and that the former Man City man could be picked up on the cheap and that he could well have it in him to rebuild his career but i would say to all of those people that they should weigh that possibility up against the fact he will almost certainly become an adverse factor in the dressing room and that he is likely to demand a wage packet that bares no relation to what the club will get back in terms of quality minutes on the pitch.

Remember we are no longer talking about a youngster who is still feeling his way around the game, we are talking about a player closing in on 27 who has managed to ruin his own career. In many ways i hope that Joey proves everyone wrong and that he can become a role model, a team leader, a player who fulfills his potential but i really don’t see it happening. Its a signing that could well be a big mistake but someone will buy him in the summer and then it will be a case of waiting for a ticking bomb to explode.

According to many, Gary Megson is not well liked by many at the Reebok, and would this signing endear him to the clubs supporters, i very much doubt it!

The Likelihood

Barton to Bolton – Quite likely

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